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Rape cases tripled in the last ten years

07:37 Tue Dec 05, 2017


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

In the last ten years the number of rape, sexual assault and sexual offense cases have more than tripled.

Police Commissioner, Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho says these crimes cannot be eliminated by police alone as they need the help of all stakeholders.

Qiliho says these worrying trends reveal that families and communities are failing.

“We need to look at the institution of the family and see what is going wrong because at the end of the day we, the police, get complains but we are not going out there and committing these crimes. It’s the community that needs to look at it holistically – it is everyone’s business.”

Qiliho says there has been an influx of rape cases within families and the only way to get to the bottom of this is through re-evaluating our attitudes.

A recent survey conducted by the Fiji Women’s Rights Movement has revealed that sexual offense cases before the Magistrates Court increased from 279 in 2007 to 2036 in 2013 and by last year the number of cases fell to 675.



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