I would like to remind your readers that in the 2012 Youth Study, 23 per cent of our mapu, aged between 15 and 24, indicated that they had been forced to have sex.
Perpetrators were those who mapu should be able to trust: their family, relatives, neighbours, work colleagues or friends of their family. The abuse happened at parties, at home, or at ‘other’ venues.
The median age of the forced sex was 16.
Of those who had experienced forced sex in the study, 24 per cent were females and 18 per cent were males.
Abuse of our children is done by Cook Islanders, and mostly perpetrators are heterosexual men.
Meitaki maata e kia manuia,
Dr Debi Futter-Puati (PhD)
University of the South Pacific, Cook Islands Campus