There were 20 people charged with a total of 57 counts of separate incidents in April.

In a official data released by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and relates to the number of formal indictments filed in the High Courts of Fiji by the Director of Public Prosecutions throughout the month.

This data is confined to incidents of serious sexual offences only.

The offences were 34 rape , 2 attempted rape , 3 indecent assault , 3 defilement and 15 sexual assault.

There were 21 victims of whom 13 victims were under the age of 18 years.

Of the 21 victims, 2 were male and 19 were female victims
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Of the 20 people charged, two were juveniles and one was a police officer.

A 15-year-old boy was charged with the rape of a 7-year old boy while a 17-year old boy was charged with the rape of a 5-year-old girl.

The police officer was charged with the attempted rape and the rape of a 17-year-old girl.

There were 4 incidents where the victims and the accused were related to one another.

A 53-year-old man was charged with the rape, attempted rape and sexual assault of his 12year-old granddaughter.

In a separate incident, a 43-year-old man was charged with the rape and attempted rape of his 15-year-old daughter.

There was one incident where a 48-year-old man was charged with multiple counts of rape and sexual assault of his 10-year-old niece while a 20 year-old man was charged with the rape of his 15-year old cousin.

There was one incident where a 21-year-old man was charged with the rape and murder of a 65-year-old woman.

The accused is also charged with burglary and theft.

The accused and victim were neighbours.

A 47-year-old pastor of the Agape Healing Ministry was charged with the rape of two members of his congregation.

The accused allegedly used traditional healing treatments to induce consent from the two victims

In another incident, a 36-year-old church youth group leader was charged with the rape of a 13-year-old boy.

The victim and the accused were members of the same church.

A 42-year-old man was charged with the rape of his 28-year-old girlfriend while a 49-year-old man was charged with the rape and sexual assault of his 15-year-old tenant.

In another incident, a 61-year-old man was charged with the rape of a 10-year-old girl.

The accused and victim were neighbours.

There was one incident where a 74-year-old man was charged with the rape and sexual assault of a 31-year-old woman who is diagnosed with “unspecified mental retardation.”

There was one incident where a 19-year-old man was charged with the defilement of a 15year-old girl who fell pregnant after the incident.

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