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. …

Sexual assaults more than double world average

Sexual assaults more than double world average as reported on stuff.co.nz by  MARTY SILK The rate of sexual assault in Australia and New Zealand is more than double the world average, according to a new report. After several highly publicised rapes and murders of young women in India and South Africa, researchers from several countries  decided to review and estimate prevalence …

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

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 …