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Sexual abuse leads to child abandonment cases

July 28, 2016 5:47 pm

A Child Rights organization in Fiji believes sexual abuse of women and young girls is a leading factor of child abandonment cases.

Save the Children Fiji has reached out to a number of communities in the country to find out the reasons behind such hideous acts.

Chief Executive Officer Iris Low-McKanzie says there are a lot of factors which lead up to such situations.

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“There’s situation at home, whether it is support that they have, also issues around disability, if a child is born with disability and the parents do not have the necessary coping mechanism or information about services that are available to deal with special needs, theres always stress around the family issues, around income whether they will be able to look after these children and also theres an increase in sexual abuse of women.”

Low-McKanzie says sexual abuse often leads to pregnancy, but she’s advising mothers that there is a way to deal with this.

Meanwhile, Police is still investigating the incident where the body of a new born baby was discovered inside a bus in Wainibokasi, Nausori and the mother of another baby is questioned by Police whose body was discovered inside a dumpster in Savusavu Town.

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