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January 25, 2019 at 9:44 AM

RNZ: Roastbusters resurfacing shows crucial need for consent education and restorative justice

By Tania Sawicki Mead*

Opinion - Since Newshub aired a two-part interview with Roast Buster Joseph Parker, the most common thread to our collective response has been "why?"

As our national conversation around how we as a society respond to #MeToo has progressed, this return to old trauma seemed difficult to justify as "in the national interest".

The roast busters case drew widespread attention when it first broke in 2013. It involved a group of teenage boys boasting online about having sex with drunk girls, some of them under-age, between 2011 and 2013.

About 100 girls were identified as potential victims but the boys were never charged - at the time police said they did not have enough evidence to prosecute.

Five years on, the lack of resolution in sexual violence cases remains stubbornly widespread.

Most people who have experienced sexual harm do not go to the police; if they do, the chances of securing a conviction are low, and people who have been through the justice system routinely describe being re-traumatised by the process.

Crucially, there is little evidence to suggest that a sentence of prison does much to help achieve either justice and redress for those that have suffered sexual harm, or accountability and preventing reoffending by those who have harmed.

In short, our current approach is not working for anyone.

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RNZ: Roast Buster interview 're-traumatising victims'

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NZ Herald: Roast Busters victims in disbelief at Joseph Parker's song

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Stuff: Roast Busters' victims shocked by Joseph Parker's comments

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Māori Television: Public feedback sought for family justice reforms

The independent panel considering the 2014 family justice reforms is now seeking feedback on its proposals from families, workers and others who have used services in the field.

The submission round opens today and ends March 1.  

Panel chair Rosslyn Noonan says, “We are open to the suggestions being challenged and there are a number of issues we are still considering.

“It’s therefore essential that we hear from people with a wide range of experiences across the family justice system.  The final report will be strengthened by the responses we receive.”

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NZ Herald: Vigil organised in honour of slain Auckland mother Xi Wang

A vigil has been organised in honour of slain South Auckland mother Xi Wang.

The 34-year-old mother was allegedly murdered by her ex-husband in her Flat Bush home 15 days before Christmas.

For more than a month suppression orders prevented her name being published - and her friends from paying tribute.

After they spoke out about Wang's life in the Herald today, a vigil was organised in her memory.

Shakti, an organisation that supports migrant women experiencing domestic violence, confirmed today that the vigil will be held at Aotea Square from 7pm on January 30.

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Māori Television: OPINION: If you can #MuteRKelly, could you mute the taumata? 

The Surviving R Kelly docu-series that explores sexual abuse allegations against the R&B singer was everything everyone reported it to be - disgusting, disturbing, upsetting and enough to have people want to seek vengeance for the alleged crimes.

But do we have that same reaction with people closer to home?

The topics of non-consensual sex, rape, molestation, and pedophilia have long been part of the whispers and smoker's corner conversations- but what are we doing about it and when will that conversation make its way into our whaikōrero?

Numerous articles, posts, and reactions to the stories told in the Lifetime docu-series have popped up everywhere with people expressing their disgust and anger.

New Zealanders and Māori chimed into the conversation in rage and even national and regional radio stations have pulled R Kelly’s music from the airways.  The question that I ask is, do we hold the people who represent our marae and speak on our behalf to the same standard?

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Sexual Politics Now: We need to talk about Kuggeleijn, the silence of New Zealand cricket, and rape culture

My enjoyment of the summer of cricket (I’d even been following the tests, for goodness sake) came to a crashing halt just before 7 o’clock last Friday. Scott Kuggeleijn was debuting for the Black Caps.

Kuggeleijn was on trial for rape in 2016, and again in 2017 after a hung jury in the first trial. He was not convicted of rape. But the evidence presented in court about the behaviour leading to his arrest makes it difficult for those of us working on sexual violence prevention to sweep the whole thing under the rug.

We need to talk about Scott Kuggeleijn, and New Zealand Cricket’s mute handling of the whole affair.

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The Spinoff: Silence about Scott Kuggeleijn reinforces a culture of sexual violence

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The Project: Kanoa Lloyd: NZ Cricket must explain its silence on Scott Kuggeleijn rape accusations

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Stuff: NZ Cricket should end its shameful silence on Scott Kuggeleijn

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1 News Now: Revenge porn impacts New Zealanders across generations, study finds

New Zealanders across generations are the victims of image-based sexual abuse, also known as revenge porn, new research has found. 

In a first-of-its-kind study, Netsafe investigated the impact of the abuse - finding 5 per cent of New Zealand adults have been the victim of online image-based abuse, with instances reported by people over 70 years old.

Jan Logie, the Government's domestic and sexual violence spokesperson, said that the results were not surprising. 

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RNZ: NZ told to improve human rights of LGBTQI people

For the first time ever during a universal periodic review, United Nations member states have made specific recommendations for New Zealand to improve the human rights of LGBTQI communities.

Justice Minister Andrew Little is in Geneva for New Zealand's third United Nations Universal Periodic Review (UPR), where overnight he reported the current state of Human Rights in New Zealand.

As part of this process, UN member states made recommendations for specific areas New Zealand needs to improve on.

Until now, New Zealand has never had a recommendation from UN member states during this process that relates to sexual orientation, sex characteristics, or gender identity and expression.

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Stuff: Child's interests trumps father's quest to get daughter back

A father challenged a decision by the state to backtrack on plans to return his daughter to him has failed to sway the court.

A Court of Appeal judgment, delivered last month, explained how the man, given the fictitious name of Robert Morgan in order to protect his privacy, took action against the chief executive of the Ministry for Children/Oranga Tamariki and the child's mother after a social work decision was made for their daughter to live with her grandparents, rather than return to him.

The judgment explained how concerns about the child Jane (also a fake name) were raised prior to her birth and related to her parents' drug use, violent relationship and history of past child neglect.

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Stuff: Woman who broke three generations of rape and abuse says offenders are responsible for their actions

A cold shotgun shell pressed against her cheek, Kate* was told if she ever disclosed her father's crimes he would use the shell to kill her mother. 

A daughter who was raped, terrorised and locked in a cage by her father says the blame must stop if we're to break the cycle of family violence. 

Her torment started with indecent assaults in a car and continued for 19 years. It soon escalated into rape and sodomy, where she was made to perform other painful sex acts.

Kate, who is now a victim support worker, said she did not choose to be a victim, but she chose not to harm others. Now, she's asking others to do the same. 

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The Spinoff: Why do NZ women fleeing domestic violence face ‘abduction’ charges in Australia?

The Hague Convention on child abduction was drafted to deal with fathers abducting their children across borders after losing custody, but it’s applied mainly to mothers fleeing domestic violence, writes Gina Masterton.

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Stuff: Andrew Little to UN: New Zealand is failing women and our justice system is broken

NZ's Justice minister has told the world New Zealand's justice system is broken and says the country is failing women. 

Andrew Little made the comments at the United Nationals Universal Periodic Review (UPR) before the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on Monday night (New Zealand time). 

"It's fair to say that our justice system is broken."

New Zealand's incarceration rate was one of the highest in the world and had risen in recent years, Little said.

Little also pointed to statistics showing one third of women in New Zealand would experience emotional or sexual violence in their lifetime as evidence the country was "failing New Zealand women". 

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Māori Television: Adoptee seeks justice for displaced tamariki

Wai 2575 claimant, Bev Wiltshire-Reweti is reaching out to other Māori who were taken from their whānau as children under the 1955 Adoption Act.  

Wiltshire-Reweti claims Crown policies and practices failed in their care of Māori children and are in breach of the Treaty.

She says adoption left her moving her back and forth in a system that amounts to abuse.

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Stuff: Mariya Taylor case: Outcome 'huge barrier' to justice, lawyer says

Mariya Taylor's lawyer says forcing her to pay court costs to her harasser is a "huge barrier" to other sexual abuse survivors seeking justice through the civil system.

Taylor, a former Air Force servicewoman, was on Monday ordered to pay nearly $28,000 in court costs to Robert Roper after she unsuccessfully sued him for mental harm.

High Court Justice Rebecca Edwards in 2018 found that Roper had groped Taylor and locked her in a cage when they worked together at Auckland's Whenuapai air base in the 1980s.

However, Taylor lost her case after Justice Edwards found she left it too late to bring her claim under the timeframes imposed by the Limitations Act.

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The Spinoff: If this is what ‘justice’ looks like, we need to tear the whole system apart

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RNZ: Lawyer of woman forced to pay likely abuser says decision will have 'chilling effect'

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NZ Herald: Justice system struggles with trauma of sexual abuse victims, says Mariya Taylor's lawyer

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Stuff: 700 cases of child abuse in Fiji in 2018

More than 700 cases of child abuse were recorded in Fiji in 2018, the Child Services department says.

The department's assistant director, Ela Tukutukulevu, said nine cases had been recorded so far this year.

Last year's cases included child negligence, physical and sexual abuse and child labour, she said.

The director of the Women's Crisis Centre, Shamima Ali, said about 80 percent of the abusers were known to the children.

"Of that, 50 percent are relatives so we're seeing a lot of abuse by uncles, by fathers, by step-fathers, by grandfathers which is quite shocking and is of great concern," Ms Ali said.

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ODT: Negotiator's intention resolving conflicts ambitious

When it comes to goals, they don't come much more ambitious than what Jo Tiszavari wants to achieve.

The former police officer and police negotiator wants to reduce suicide rates and family harm through the launch of her new Dunedin startup, Truce.

''I know it's huge but you've got to start somewhere. That's where my heart is,'' Ms Tiszavari said.

Truce was a conflict resolution service that offered services both at home and within the workplace.

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Stuff: I was convinced that domestic abuse was a result of my failures

OPINION: When I started seeing a therapist at 21, I didn't tell my mother.

It would be another six years before I did. I didn't know it then, but the shame and timidity I felt was unremarkable for someone like me. And by someone like me, I mean someone with an Asian ethnicity.

I'd grown up in modern Sydney, Australia, though at home, my parents espoused an ideology of silence, grace and forbearance in the face of adversity. To tell others of my weaknesses was verboten.

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Stuff: Man jailed for serious domestic abuse

A man who repeatedly tried to strangle his partner has been jailed for his abuse.

On Friday, Melodee Michael Lambert was sent to prison for five-and-a-half years in relation to 12 charges, all of which related to domestic violence.

Lambert was previously found guilty of 11 charges, including kidnapping, assault with intent to injure and four counts of male assaults female, following a trial in the New Plymouth District Court last year. He pleaded guilty to one charge of breaching a protection order. 

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Stuff: West Coast child sex abuse trial under way

A man is facing a jury trial for sex offences over eight years from when a girl was aged 12. 

The 35-year-old man was arrested on three charges of doing an indecent act on a person under 16. He is also facing four charges of sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection, one of assault with intent to commit sexual violation and one of attempted sexual violation.

The man's name and all identifying particulars have been suppressed by Judge Stephen O'Driscoll until the end of the trial at the Greymouth District Court.

It is alleged the offending happened on the West Coast between March 7, 2005, and March, 6, 2013. 

The indecent act charges are alleged to have happened when the girl was aged between 12 and 15, and the man was 21. Two of the charges are representative, meaning the indecent assaults are alleged to have happened numerous times. 

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Stuff: Sexual predator who abused troubled young boys jailed

A sexual predator who profiled, groomed and abused troubled young boys after plying them with drugs and alcohol at 'gatherings' he hosted at his home has been sentenced to nine years imprisonment.

At the time of the offending in 2002, Sean Smale was 31, his two victims 13.

Smale was sentenced at Rotorua District Court on Friday after being convicted in December of five charges, one representative, including sexual violation and indecent assault. 

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Stuff: Man jailed for three years for sexual abuse of two young girls

"I wanted it to stop but I didn't know how."

This was how one of Stephen Allan Jordan's two victims felt during his sexual abuse of her, something she endured as a young child.

Her mother read out the girl's victim impact statement in the New Plymouth District Court on Tuesday, at Jordan's sentencing hearing.

Jordan previously pleaded guilty to six charges, one of unlawful sexual connection, two of indecent assault and three charges of doing an indecent act

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