This follows recent statistics of 344 crimes reported from 1 January 2017 to 31 July 2017, of which 264 cases have been either related to rape or sexual assault.
This was highlighted during an awareness session on sexual assault facilitated by the Ministry of Youth and Sports as part of youth empowerment training at Davuilevu Primary School, yesterday.
Minister for Youth and Sports, Laisenia Tuitubou, said the Ministry was concerned with the recent statistics, particularly with the rise in sexual assault and suicide cases affecting young people.
Tuitubou added that the Ministry will continue to advocate for youths involved in such cases in its efforts to curb the occurrence of such tragedies in our communities.
Around 41 youths were part of the empowerment training organised by the ministry which concludes today.