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‘Perpetrators and victims of sexual offenses getting younger’

Some astounding findings from an analysis regarding crimes against women and children have shown that perpetrators and victims were getting younger. The Commissioner of Police Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho stressed this while officiating at the opening of a five-day workshop for senior police officers at the Southern Cross Hotel in Suva today. The workshop was organised […]

Salote Qalubau

July 25, 2016 10:11 am

Some astounding findings from an analysis regarding crimes against women and children have shown that perpetrators and victims were getting younger.

Commissioner of Police, Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho duringoday's press conference. (Salote Qalubau/Newswire)
Commissioner of Police Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho delivering his speech at the opening of a five-day workshop for senior police officers at the Southern Cross Hotel in Suva today. (Salote Qalubau/Newswire)

The Commissioner of Police Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho stressed this while officiating at the opening of a five-day workshop for senior police officers at the Southern Cross Hotel in Suva today.

The workshop was organised by the Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre in partnership with UNDP and is based on gender, violence against women, human rights and the law.

Brigadier-General Qiliho said these facts were hard to stomach.

QILIHO: ” Not only are they getting younger, but there are deeper issues confronting victims of gender based violence  which I feel my officer will need to have empathy towards.At times the hunger to solve the cases and apprehend  those responsible consumes their every being.”

He said the sensitive nature of the report is often overlooked, regarding the need to understand the victim.

QILIHO: ” This in turn can leave them in a even more vulnerable state  which is what we want to avoid.At the end of the day our main focus is to ensure the cases are investigated thoroughly and the perpetrator taken to court.Essentially your initial response to a complainant and the way you try to get the information from the victim will inevitably work well for all parties involved.”

Brigadier-General Qiliho added that police officers needed to create a safe space for victims to feel comfortable.

QILIHO: “Not only will you gain the victim’s trust and cooperation, but you’ll be able to effectively investigate your case, execute an arrest and present your case to court.The training will benefit you as an investigator and more importantly the victim, who will be able to see that justice prevails.”

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