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Weekly Media Roundup

November 24, 2017 at 9:15 AM

White Ribbon week movie focuses on male violence

A FILM about New Zealand’s masculine stereotypes and the link to violence will be screened at the Dome next Tuesday as part of White Ribbon week.

Raise Our Men features interviews with New Zealand men about their experience of growing up and conforming to male stereotypes, called the ‘man box’.

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UN hopes sex misconduct cases buoy efforts to help women

The United Nations began campaigning to end violence against women decades ago, but its effort gained little traction - until the outpouring of allegations of sexual misconduct against powerful men in Hollywood, the US Congress and boardrooms put the issue on front pages and TV screens around the world.

The UN women's agency now hopes to capitalise on the spotlight.

"This is the moment!'' Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the executive director of UN Women, said in an interview ahead of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on November 25.

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Why is Sky bringing Tony Veitch back to our TVs?

Convicted domestic abuser Tony Veitch is returning to television, he has announced. Madeleine Holden wonders why abusers like Veitch continue to be given prominent public platforms. 

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White Ribbon riders teaching respect to the next generation

Having grown up in a world where men dominated women, Takurna Tawera is now doing his part to stop family violence.

The White Ribbon lead rider said as a youngster violence and aggression were the norm and he was a self-confessed "abuser of the system".

But after rehabilitation, Tawera realised there were a lot of contributors and complexity around violence.  

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Korowai Tumanako win harmful sexual behaviour contract to heal Maori men with tikanga

A pilot service is using Maori tikanga to treat men who have sexually abused children.

The sexual violence prevention service, called Korowai Tumanako​, uses their cultural identity and concepts to show them the path to redemption.

Co-directors Joy Te Wiata and Russell Smith have been working in the harmful sexual behaviour (HSB) sector since the early 2000s. They've worked with over 500 adults and 300 youth in that time.

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It takes a village to save a child

OPINION: A recent court report of a girl whose cruel and wicked parents had for years abused and treated her as their personal slave, made for harrowing reading.

As the miserable tale progressed and I read how the neighbours had heard the stepfather shouting at the teenager for hours on end, day after day, I wondered why they hadn't intervened sooner.

Five years it went on. Some of those who noticed her appalling state of dress, and observed her walking to school barefoot in the rain, had tried to give her clothes.

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'Revenge porn': putting women in their place

Opinion - There have been a few stories in the news about what's commonly referred to as "revenge porn".

That phrase presents your first two problems.

When do you seek "revenge"? When someone's done you wrong. But when it comes to "revenge porn", usually the worst anyone's done is break up with you. Sometimes all they did was star in an excellent remake of an 80s cult classic comedy.

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Healthy human relationships and sexuality are too important to allow pornography to become the ''default'' provider of sex education, Australian educator Maree Crabbe says.

Ms Crabbe, who lives in rural Victoria, will today offer a training day in Dunedin, on ''Sex ed by porn? Pornography and its impact on youth''.

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Stark figures reveal children in fear of poverty, violence

Today marks World Children's Day, but figures released show it is not a time for celebration.

A UNICEF survey of young people aged nine to 18 has revealed that most children worry about bullying, poverty and violence.

It shows 89 per cent of New Zealand youth fret about poverty, while 86 percent are vexed about violence against children.

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Year-long investigation into Ranui child abduction brings few answers

A year ago, an 11-year-old boy was abducted and sexually assaulted in the West Auckland community of Ranui. As yet there have been no arrests - but police say they don't believe the attack was random.

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NZ woman shouldn't be deported, campaigners say

An anti-domestic violence campaigner has joined calls for Australian Immigration Minister to reconsider cancelling the visa of a woman who killed her abusive husband.

Eileen Creamer killed her husband David in February 2008 by beating him repeatedly with a stick and stabbing him once in the abdomen.

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Revictimisation is a real risk in a state care abuse inquiry. Here is how to avoid it

Around the world, there are many abuse victims who have been saddened, angered or re-victimised from inquiry processes. These are the lessons for New Zealand, writes criminologist Elizabeth Stanley.

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Native Affairs - Parents v State Care

In a two-part exclusive, a mother bares all, warts and all to tell us why she believes the State has taken her children unfairly.

It's the State which must decide whether a child is safe or not.  But if the State gets it wrong, the consequences for children can be serious, sometimes fatal.

Native Affairs presents a case which has arguments on all sides - the rights of a parent versus the role of the State.

Child's play crucial to development: Sport New Zealand takes a stand

Kiwi kids are not playing like they used to, and their parents are partly to blame, according to Sport New Zealand.

Sport NZ play consultant Scott Mackenzie said childhood play is under threat, but his organisation has a plan to protect the right of young New Zealanders to play.

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Fiji women battle barriers to justice

The head of the Fiji Women's Rights Movement says a new report shows the barriers to justice for women are concerning.

Makereta Waqavonovono says 12 years after the introduction of the Family Law Act in Fiji there are still areas that need improvement.

She says the report shows women are waiting nearly two and a half years on average before bringing their family violence cases to the police.

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Auckland mum in court battle to regain custody of her three children

A mother of three, who left an allegedly abusive partner, is now battling for the custody of her children after state social services allowed her former partner to become the main caregiver.

Samantha*, who's aged in her 30s, says Child, Youth and Family (which is now called the Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki) has unfairly sided with her ex-partner, despite both police and a Manukau District Court judge unable to find proof Samantha or her new partner are abusing the children.

However the ministry says it's substantiated evidence Samantha's new partner committed "physical abuse" against her children and stands by its decision to remove the kids from her custody.

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Domestic violence opponents want social media crackdown

New research from Amnesty International shows one in three Kiwi women experience harassment online, with 75 percent saying they struggle to sleep well because of it.

Around 49 percent of those who experienced online abuse say they feared for their physical safety, and 32 percent feared for the safety of their families.

Domestic violence opponents say the psychological impacts of online harassment can often be worse than physical abuse. Jill Proudfoot from Shine says it puts many women in a dangerously vulnerable position.

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