Shocking statistics revealed as Shamima Ali says they have seen 209 child rape survivors from January to September this year

Shocking statistics revealed as Shamima Ali says they have seen 209 child rape survivors from January to September this year

By Vijay Narayan
Thursday 13/10/2022
Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre Coordinator Shamima Ali. [Image: FWCC/ Facebook]

Shocking statistics have been released by the Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre today as Coordinator, Shamima Ali says they have seen 209 child rape survivors from January to September this year.

The age of child rape survivors between January to September range between 3 to 17 years.

Ali compares this to the data from 2016 to 2021 where they dealt with about 225 child rape survivors from the ages of 2 to 17 years old.

While speaking at the second Safeguarding In Sports webinar through Team Up, Ali says most of the perpetrators in these cases were family members.

Only about 4 percent were strangers.

She also says they don’t believe the cases are increasing neither here nor the Pacific but there is more awareness and more reporting on it.

Ali says other agencies like the government, religious and sporting bodies are also coming forward.

She says Fiji is quite far ahead than other countries as we do have child protection laws, we have a Child Protection Unit within the Ministry of Women and Children, we have good ideas, welfare officers who are dedicated to children but implementation and recognition of risk is very low of children being molested.

The Coordinator says they also find development agencies dedicated to children shy away from the sexual abuse of children which is a problem.

Ali says child abuse is physical, emotional, sexual abuse, neglect etc.

She points out that there is little recognition for physical abuse that is rife in all our countries, even though we have laws in Fiji forbidding the beating up of children, law enforcement does not take this into account because it is a norm.

Ali says sexual abuse is a big elephant in the room as most of the perpetrators are known to the child and known to the women, and are family members.

She says in Fiji we do have a lot of awareness mainly because of organisations like Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre.

Ali says we have very good data coming from the Director of Public Prosecutions, Social Welfare and others.

Five Squares Gray Inn

Latest Videos

Stay tuned for the latest news on our radio stations

CFL radio frequencies
Public Consultation on Draft Media Bill
The new media legislation proposed by the coalition government is aiming to preserve the elements of media ownership regulation and registration ...
3 days ago

Proposed Tian Lun project at Nasese
Concerned residents are wondering why there was no publicity about such a huge project that will affect the environment along Queen Elizabeth ...
34 days ago

Leader of Opposition Voreqe Bainimarama suspended from parliament for 3 years
Leader of the Opposition, Voreqe Bainimarama has been suspended from Parliament for 3 years
37 days ago
They have created a huge mess in the municipal councils – Prof.Prasad
For 8 years the FijiFirst government was reviewing the Local Government Act because they did not want the municipal council elections as they were enj...
3 hours ago
Municipal Councils delay in submitting draft statements to the Auditor General’s Office is the cause of backlog - Immanuel
Chairperson of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts Esrom Immanuel says municipal councils are not complying with the national standards of ...
35 minutes ago

PM speaks to Sugar Minister on Walesi outburst
Prime Minister, Sitiveni Rabuka and Attorney General, Siromi Turaga met with Minister for Sugar, Charan Jeath Singh in relation to Singh’s comments ...
2 hours ago

We don’t see an acute shortage in the labour force in Fiji - IMF
The International Monetary Fund says they do not see an acute shortage in the labour force in Fiji at this time but emigration from Fiji is reducing ...
4 hours ago

Drunk man sitting in the middle of the road dies after being run over by a taxi
A 24-year-old carpenter has passed away in a road accident near Lakeba Street along Princes Road in Suva. The man from Nadonumai in Lami was ...
4 hours ago

Koroilavesau and Prof.Prasad clash on the issue of the Chairmanship of Public Accounts Committee
FijiFirst MP, Semi Koroilavesau and Minister for Finance, Professor Biman Prasad clashed on the issue of the Chairmanship of the Public Accounts ...
4 hours ago