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Plea for $10m now to fight sex abuse

A sexual abuse prevention organisation has told the Government there is not enough funding to tackle sex abuse – and $10 million is needed now just to stabilise frontline services.

A parliamentary inquiry into the level of funding for victim support and offender treatment organisations has begun and will hear submissions from a dozen groups that work in the community.

Support groups for sexual abuse survivors say the sector is in crisis. There are fears some are shutting down and specialists in the field are leaving due to burn-out.

Rape Prevention Education executive director Kim McGregor told the Social Services select committee on Tuesday that organisations providing support for victims or treatment for offenders have been ignored by the Government for decades.

Ms McGregor said $10 million is needed to stabilise frontline services and called for a 10-year plan to be put in place with the aim of developing fully-funded services in the future.

A trustee for an Auckland sex abuse survivor group, Help, told the committee that funding for support is so low, they can’t meet the needs of all the city’s victims.

Debbie Hager said that although they have enough money to continue their work, they can’t employ enough staff to meet the needs of all the women and girls in Auckland who are raped or need complex support.

Green MP Jan Logie, who petitioned for the inquiry, said a recent survey of 22 support providers throughout New Zealand showed that over a third of them might cut staff.

Ms Logie said providers of therapy for offenders are also struggling, with some unable to treat people who voluntarily go to them for help.

Z Good In The Hood Fundraising

Congratulations Abuse & Rape Crisis Support Manawatu!

 

We’re delighted to let you know that Abuse & Rape Crisis Support Manawatu is one of the four groups we’ve chosen to support through Good in the Hood at Z Ferguson St. That means Abuse & Rape Crisis Support Manawatu will receive a share of the money from Z Ferguson St – how much depends on who the customers at Z Ferguson St vote for.

 

In March, Z Ferguson St will be supporting the following four groups as part of  Good in the Hood:

  1. Abuse & Rape Crisis Support Manawatu
  2. Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter
  3. Barnardos Family Support Services
  4. To join in the fight against arthritis for the 530,000 New Zealanders affected by the disease

Rally the troops

That means now is the time to start rallying your troops. The more votes you get, the more money you can receive from Z Ferguson St. To help you spread the word to your supporters we’ve created some tools – a blurb about Good in the Hood which you can use in emails and newsletters and some social media tips. We’ll be emailing you these, and other updates, over the coming weeks.

Online Token Hunt

Abuse & Rape Crisis Support Manawatu is also in line for more money if it’s one of the ten neighbourhood groups voted for in the online Good in the Hood Token Hunt. Just like last year, Token Hunt is an interactive challenge where your supporters can hunt out tokens and use them to vote for your group – but we’ve thrown in some new twists this year to keep you hunting!

Good in the Hood voting runs in-store at Z and the online Token Hunt at  www.z.co.nz/GoodintheHood throughout March.