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ODPP Releases Rape, Sex Offence Figures

Three and six-year-olds became victims of sexual offenses in July, according to latest statistics by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP). The statistics relate to the number
05 Aug 2015 10:57
ODPP Releases Rape, Sex Offence Figures

Three and six-year-olds became victims of sexual offenses in July, according to latest statistics by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP).

The statistics relate to the number of formal indictments filed in the High Court of Fiji by the DPP throughout July.

The three and six-year-olds are in the list of 20 rape and two defilement cases that have been taken to court. Of these 22 separate incidents of serious sexual offences, 18 people have been charged and 16 people were victims.

Of the 16 victims, nine were under the age of 18. Of these 9, two were between the ages of three and six, while seven were between the ages of 12 and 17.

There were eight rape victims under the age of 18, and one victim of defilement.

Three cases were discontinued before the courts after discontinuances (Nolle Prosequi) were filed for three rape matters. Of these three, two were withdrawn after it was found that the complainants had given false information.

There was one serious sexual offence that involved a couple in a domestic relationship. There was one serious sexual offence that involved a five-year-old child.

In June 43 rape, three defilement and one indecent assault cases were taken to court and 32 people were charged out of the total 47 separate incidents of sexual offences. There were 25 victims of those 47 incidents, out of which 15 were under the age of 18.

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