246 people were charged last year with a total of 531 counts of serious sexual offences.

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions have released data confined to incidents of serious sexual offences from the first of January to the 31st of December last year.

Of the 246 accused persons, 21 were juveniles and two were police
officers.

The offences were rape, attempted rape, aiding and abetting rape, assault with intent to rape, abduction with intent to commit rape, indecent assault, defilement and sexual assault.
There were 240 victims of whom 165 victims were under the age of 18 years.
All accused persons charged with sexual offences were male however victims of the sexual
offences were both male and female comprising of 229 female victims and 11 male victims.

There were 110 offences that occurred in domestic relationships or where the accused was known to the victims.

The youngest accused person was an 11-year-old boy who allegedly raped an 8-year-old girl from his village.

The youngest victim was a 2-year-old girl who was allegedly raped by her 62-year-old father and in another incident a 2-year-old girl was allegedly raped by her 28-year-old cousin.

A total of 38 sexual offence cases were withdrawn after discontinuances
were filed in 2020.

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