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 …

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

Kiwis present at largest UN forum on ending violence against women and children

“Elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls” is the priority theme of the event, and it’s 10 years since a session of the Commission on the Status of Women has focused on this.    Te Ohaakii a Hine National Network Ending Sexual Violence Together (TOAHNNEST) Tauiwi Caucus is pleased that New Zealand has joined a …