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Rape Figures Shocking

Forty-three rape cases, three defilement and one indecent assault case are being taken to court. And 32 people have been charged out of the total 47 separate incidents of sexual
07 Jul 2015 10:26
Rape Figures Shocking

Forty-three rape cases, three defilement and one indecent assault case are being taken to court.

And 32 people have been charged out of the total 47 separate incidents of sexual offences in the month of June alone.

There were 25 victims of those 47 incidents out of which 15 were under the age of 18.

Of these 15 victims, three were between the ages of three and six, while twelve were between the ages of 13 and 17.

There were 13 rape victims under the age of 18 years, one victim of indecent assault under the age of 18, and one victim of defilement.

Two sexual offences involved couples in a domestic relationship.

Six cases were discontinued before the courts after nolle prosequi were filed for five rape matters and one defilement matter.

Of these six, three were withdrawn after it was found that complainants had given false information.

In terms of allegedly providing false information to public servant or perverting the cause of justice, seven people are currently being prosecuted in the Fiji courts

The statistics are released by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution (ODPP) and relate to the number of formal indictments filed in the High Court of Fiji by the DPP throughout June. Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre co-ordinator Shamima Ali says, it’s a positive sign that rape cases are now being reported however the statistics of 43 rape cases compared to 35 for the months of May was ‘shocking.’

“We believe that 90 per cent of the cases are not reported and the rest go unreported. It is important that victims come forward and report the matter,” she said.

Ms Ali said it was very important for communities to get involved in prevention works and provide support to victims of rape in all possible ways.

 

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