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‘Treatment of sexual offenders poses challenge’

Deputy Commissioner of Corrections Apimeleki Taukei says the increase in sexual offences has reached a crisis point to become a national issue. He said the treatment of sexual offenders was
19 Jun 2018 13:25
‘Treatment of sexual offenders poses challenge’

Deputy Commissioner of Corrections Apimeleki Taukei says the increase in sexual offences has reached a crisis point to become a national issue.

He said the treatment of sexual offenders was paramount for the Fiji Corrections Service.

High rate

This is because the country had experienced an enormous increase in the number of sexual offences committed among members of the community.

“It has become a challenge to the Fiji Corrections Service on how well the offenders can be rehabilitated,” Mr Taukei said.

“This is done so that they can be reformed and become better citizens of our country. So they can be trusted once again by their loved ones.”

With rehabilitation at the heart of the Fiji Corrections Service programmes, Mr Taukei said this demanded a lot of effort and sacrifice from all officers within the Institution.

“Fiji Corrections Service cannot work in isolation because it needs the support and contributions from other stakeholders and faith-based organisations,” he said.

“This is crucial in order to achieve a holistic approach on rehabilitating the lives of those under our care.”

Reverend Peter Schultz from Operation Foundation said from assessments the Fiji Corrections Service had categorised and classified the risk and treatment needs.

The Operation Foundation has been in existence since 2006 and supports the rehabilitation of offenders.

Edited by Percy Kean

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