Educate Our Children, Stop Rape Today
Put yourselves into the shoes of the 15-year-old girl from Naitasiri who was reportedly gang-raped. Imagine living with that horror and seeing her perpetrators walking free.
Imagine finding out being pregnant after being gang-raped and then attempting to abort the child all by herself in her house.
Think about this happening to you or your child. Think about how this young girl lived with this reality for months, suffering in silence.
This brings to question whether we are doing enough to educate our children about the need to speak up. Had she spoken up about her ordeal, she would not have been hospitalised.
Had she received assistance when the incident happened with her, she would not have suffered in silence.
Where are we failing? She has accused primary school students of raping her. These are young boys who think it is all right to violate someone in such a heinous manner.
The Fiji Police Force is doing its job, the judiciary is doing its job, but we are failing. We failed to keep this child safe because young boys, who are still in primary school think it is okay to force themselves on another human being.
Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre co-ordinator, Shamima Ali is correct in urging people to report sexual assault and rape cases.
She has rightly identified where the real problem is. We need to wake up and as parents, take ownership of our child’s safety and security.
Every month the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions releases statistics on rape and sexual assault. And these statistics are shocking.
There were 30 people charged with a total of 54 separate incidents in February.
The offences were rape (45), assault with intent to rape (6) and sexual assault (3). There were 24 victims of the 54 separate incidents of which 14 victims were under the age of 18.
There was one incident of rape where the accused is a 72-year-old uncle and the victim was his 12-year-old niece.
The youngest victim was a six-year-old boy and the accused was a 65-year-old grandfather. The youngest accused person was a 12-year-old boy and the victim was also 12.
There were four separate incidents of alleged gang rapes and the victims were 12 years, 19 years, 20 years and 22 year-old. Of these four alleged gang rapes, one of the victims was a tourist.
There were nine incidents where the victims were related to the accused persons. All this is a shame to us.
We are failing to protect our children, by not teaching them the difference between good and bad.
We are not listening to our children and we are letting others take advantage of them.
Wake up Fiji before it is too late.