Mother jailed for silence on rape

In what is believed to be the first case prosecuted under new child abuse laws, a Palmerston North mother who knew her daughter was being raped by her partner but did nothing has been sent to prison. In the Palmerston North District Court yesterday Judith Noeline Annette Burnett, 34, became the first person sentenced since a 2012 government law change …

Funding of Sexual Abuse Social Services Inquiry – SUBMISSION GUIDE

What is an inquiry and why should I make a submission?   The social services select committee’s job is to listen to evidence and advise parliament on how to improve social development in New Zealand. The committee includes members of parliament from National, Labour, New Zealand First and the Green Party. The committee offers advice about pieces of legislation but …

Sexual abuse: Push for change in sex trials By Simon Collins

Raped and abused women should not be ‘revictimised’ by cross-examination in court, Auckland seminar told. Justice Minister Judith Collins. Photo / NZPA Sexual violence survivors are launching a push for alternatives to jury trials in a bid to avoid retraumatising victims. Speakers at a seminar in Auckland yesterday said fundamental changes were needed so raped and abused women were not …

PROPOSED new law restricts suspected child abusers

Suspected child abusers could be banned from being around children for up to 10 years without being convicted of a crime under a proposed new law to be announced today. Social Development Minister Paula Bennett says the restrictions could see up to 80 people a year slapped with orders preventing them from working, living and socialising with children, with penalties …

Privacy & Safety on Facebook – A Guide For Survivors Of Abuse

The American National Network to End Domestic Violence and Facebook have teamed up to offer tips for survivors of abuse, so that you can still use Facebook but maintain safety and control over your information Click on link below to download or view PDF     Privacy and safety on facebook      

The Global Fight Against Child Pornography

Article by Barbara Lambourn , the national advocacy manager for Unicef NZ.   OPINION: In New Zealand we are well aware that we lag behind similar developed countries in rankings for child protection. Our abuse figures continue to shame us. Stories of neglect and cruelty are daily media events. But another level of abhorrence was added last week with the story of …

Attorneys-General of several countries agreed to ‘work together to more closely to fight sexual violence against women and children’ at a high-level meeting in Auckland this week.

Attorneys-General resolve to support prosecutions of sexual violence The Attorneys-General of Canada, Australia, the United States, New Zealand and England and Wales resolved to work together more closely to fight sexual violence against women and children at yesterday’s Quintet meeting of Attorneys-General in Auckland.   PDF of media release link is below   TOAH-NNEST 1

Horror In Paradise

Global outrage is growing against a Maldives court’s verdict announced on February 26, 2013 to flog a 15-year-old girl who was originally a victim of rape and sexual abuse. She now faces 100 lashes in public which will be administered when she turns 18. More than two million people have signed a petition created by the campaign website Avaaz.org, urging Maldivian authorities to protect …

Legislative Change ‘Fundamental’ To Halting Gender Violence, Lawmakers Tell UN Event

Press Release by United Nations at 10:11AM, 06 Mar 2013 ———————————————– The importance of strong laws against sexual, domestic and other gender violence was highlighted today as members of parliaments from around the world gathered on the sidelines of the annual session of the United Nations women’s commission on its second day. “Legislative change is fundamental to halting the violence …