14 Apr 2014

Fiji Women's Crisis Centre says assault figures 'disturbing'

8:01 pm on 14 April 2014

The Fiji Women's Crisis Centre says a rise in the reporting of rape and sexual assault in the past quarter is very disturbing.

The centre has just released its own figures into sexual violence against women and children for the January to March quarter.

The centre's co-ordinator, Shamima Ali, says 10 cases of rape have been reported compared to five in both 2012 and 2013's first quarters.

She says more work needs to be done to prevent sexual violence in Fiji.

"We are going to get down to the drawing board again and say what else can we do and how can we get other people involved. One of the things we are doing in Fiji is we are talking to the police officers, we are doing training for groups of police officers.

Shamima Ali says men need to respect women's human rights.