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Police: Victims, Perpetrators Of Sexual Abuse Getting Younger

A five-year-old is the youngest victim of sexual abuse while the youngest offender is a 12-year-old. This information was released by the Fiji Police Force community policing director Waqa Davuilaci
08 Dec 2017 11:00
Police: Victims,  Perpetrators Of Sexual Abuse Getting Younger
Fiji Police Force Director Community Policing Waqa Davuilaci. Photo: Nacanieli Tuilevuka

A five-year-old is the youngest victim of sexual abuse while the youngest offender is a 12-year-old.

This information was released by the Fiji Police Force community policing director Waqa Davuilaci during the Methodist Annual Youth Camp at Subrail Park in Labasa, yesterday.

Director Davuilaci said most victims were related to the offenders.

“This is a wake-up call for the Fiji Police Force and communities around the country,” Mr Davuilaci said.

“It’s sad to note that most sexual abuse cases received by police show that victims are related to the offender.

“Most cases of sexual offences are rape and incest.

“Also perpetrators of violence against women and children are mostly working men.

“Ra and Valelevu are two areas where domestic violence against women is on the rise,” he added.

Records show that victims and offenders in sexual abuse cases are getting younger because parents no longer value family time.

“Families need to spend time together and talk on issues such as sexual abuse and respect for each other,” Mr Davuilaci said.

“Discussions on sex maybe taboo in the iTaukei culture, but iTaukei parents need to speak freely on sex and assault.

“Negligence by parents, drugs and technology are three factors giving rise to sexual abuse in the country.

“Communities must work together with authorities and other stakeholders in the fight against violence against women and children,” he added.

Edited by Percy Kean

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