Most serious sexual offences victims’ were under 18: ODPP Fiji

Close to 70% of serious sexual offences victims last year were under the age of 18, including two two-year-old girls.

Stats released by the Office of Director Public Prosecution for 2020 showed that 68.75% of the 240 victims, including 11 males, were below the age of 18

They were victims of rape, attempted rape, aiding and abetting rape, assault with intent to rape, abduction with intent to rape, indecent assault, defilement and sexual assault.

The stats also showed that close to 21% of the incidents occurred in domestic relationships or where the victims knew the accused, among these, the events involving the two toddlers.

 The two girls were allegedly raped in two separate incidents – one by her 62-year-old father and the other by her 28-year-old cousin. The youngest accused person was a boy aged 11 years who allegedly raped an 8-year-old girl from his village.

 The accused persons were among 246 people charged in relation to 531 counts of sexual offences recorded in the year. Of the 246 accused persons, 21 were juveniles and two were police officers.

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