Police officers need conduct training for rape victims
16:37 Mon Dec 04, 2017
Report by: Rachael Nath
Police Commissioner, Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho highlighted the need for police officers to undergo training sessions to better their service.
Qiliho says their officers need training particularly for their conduct with rape and sexually assaulted victims.
This is after a recent survey conducted by the Fiji Women’s Rights Movement revealed that some victims of rape and sexual assault were mistreated by police officers.
“The Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre has come and assisted us with training. We need to go through that training. We are no experts with dealing with this issues. They have come and assisted us with training on the rights on women and children, how we should handle them, the sensitivities around it and the trauma that they go through. So we have taken measures address this.”
However, Qiliho says that those who are mistreated by officers need to raise their concerns, so action can be taken against these officers.
Rape Victim’s medical respondents, Medical Services Pacific also conducts training sessions and counselling with new cadets and the Police sexual offenses unit.
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