19 Jul 2013

NGO in Fiji alarmed sexual perpetrators getting younger

4:36 am on 19 July 2013

A women and childrens advocacy group in Fiji says there has been an alarming trend in recent months of sexual violence perpetrators getting younger.

Close to 3,000 cases of sexual violence were reported to police last year, with the rape of under 16 year olds one of the main offences.

The Fiji police say in most cases, the perpetrators are known to the victims.

The creative director of Women's Action for Change, Peni Moore, says there is more rape occurring than is being reported.

She says there is also great concern that over the last couple of months, there have been cases with perpetrators as young as 12, 14 and 16 years old.

"There's been cases recently of young perpetrators and we believe that it's got to have some reflection on the availability of pornography via internet and other modes of modern communication."

Peni Moore says the problem is not unique to Fiji, and it would be helpful to hear how other countries are educating their young people when it comes to technology and pornography.