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80% Of Sexual Assault Victims In The Western Division Were Children: Ashna Shaleen

“So, we served 600 clients who accessed our clinics for medical forensics and other assistance This is gender-based violence clients, sexual assault clients and this is a big number for the Western Division,” she said.
02 Dec 2022 13:07
80% Of Sexual Assault Victims In The Western Division Were Children: Ashna Shaleen
Medical Services Pacific Country director Ashna Shaleen (seated fourth from left), and Divisional Commissioner West Apolosi Lewaqai, with participants of the Western interagency response to gender based violence workshop at the Tanoa Waterfront Hotel in Lautoka on December 1, 2022. Photo: Salote Qalubau

Of the 1600 sexual assault survivors in the west, 80 percent were children and 20 percent wee adults.

All 1600 survivors have accessed services provided by Medical Services Pacific in Lautoka

Country director Ashna Shaleen said this was the total figure since the Lautoka branch inception in 2020. This was under the European Union’s Strengthening Collaboration, Accountability, and Empowering Stakeholders (SCALES) programme.

 

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Story by: salote.qalubau@fijisun.com.fj



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