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Police conduct with rape victims a concern

08:40 Mon Dec 04, 2017


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Taken from/By: FBC News
Report by: Rachael Nath

Incidents of rape and sexual assault victims being mistreated by Police officers have surfaced following a recent survey conducted by the Fiji Women’s Rights Movement.

FWRM, Transitional Justice Team leader, Menka Goundan says forty-five women were interviewed of which eight said they were sexually harassed or threatened by the Police.

Rape victim’s medical respondents, Medical Services Pacific, founder, Jennifer Poole says Police officers need to show respect to these victims

“Somebody comes in and wants to report a rape and the football or rugby is on, they will say come back tomorrow they are a little busy. We have had cases like that and the police don’t understand that a rape client needs to get to medical assistance quickly.”

Police Commissioner, Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho made it very clear that incidents like these will not be tolerated and officers will be taken to task.

“I’ve met representatives of the FWRM and FWCC and I’ve given them my contact and I ask them if they experience any of these issues that comes to their attention- call me. It’s no use bringing this up at seminars and meetings if I don’t know. I can do things about it – we have to be practical about it – those that have been brought to my attention know – when they call me I sort it out immediately.”

The survey also revealed twenty two out of forty-five women did not feel safe at the station while only six felt like they were treated with respect



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