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Weekly Media Roundup

March 13, 2020 at 3:23 PM

RNZ: Child abduction cases: court may take risk of harm to mother into account

The Court of Appeal is considering a major change to the way cases of international child abduction are dealt with.

The Hague Convention for international child abduction is used when a parent takes a child from their place of usual residence to another country, without the permission of the other parent.

The treaty was originally designed to protect mothers who sought the return of their children when their partners kidnapped the children.

But in the years since the treaty was created, data shows the majority of cases involve a mother fleeing a domestic violence situation, not just in New Zealand but across the globe.



Stuff: Call made for action to stop creating child sex abusers

New Zealanders need to channel their disgust about child sex abuse and horror at its devastating effects on victims into positive action.

Palmerston North-based sex therapist and psychologist Robyn Salisbury says anger and outrage are appropriate reactions.

But it is time for specialists, authorities, parents, educators and all New Zealanders to get informed and work together to do something differently to stop it happening.

Ultimately, we had to remove the risk factors that created abusers.



Stuff: Mrs Salisbury Q&A: Not all child sex offenders are paedophiles, and other myths busted

Robyn Salisbury has been Sunday magazine's resident sex columnist for more than 10 years, helping Kiwis create more fulfilling sex lives. But in her latest project, she's turned her attention to the dark side of sexuality, compiling a book about sexual abuse of children in New Zealand, with chapters by herself and a range of other experts. Free to be Children reveals some uncomfortable truths, such as the fact that the greatest danger is not always the creepy pervert down the street, but more often in our own homes. She talks to Emily Simpson.

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RNZ: Stuff's #MeToo campaign two years in

Stuff added momentum to the #MeToo movement in 2018 with a campaign urging people who’d suffered sexual harassment and abuse to come forward and tell their stories to journalists. Some critics condemned it as "a witch-hunt" and even "McCarthyism", while others worried about the effects on people putting their painful personal stories forward in the media. Two years on, were those fears grounded?

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Stuff: Māori King's son sentenced after punching partner

A son of the Māori King punched his girlfriend several times in the head leaving her with a black eye in what a judge called a clear case of domestic violence. 

Details of Korotangi Te Hokinga Mai Douglas Paki's alcohol-fuelled assault on the woman as the couple's eight month old slept next to her were revealed during his sentencing in Hamilton District Court on Thursday. 



Stuff: Mother told friend she was abusing baby weeks before causing her brain damage

Shana Tooman knew she had a problem with being violent towards her prematurely born baby.

The 28-year-old mother of five sent text messages to her friend – one saying she was taking "it all out on Bub" – three weeks before she caused her six-month-old daughter's brain damage.



RNZ: Solomons launches domestic violence counselling guidelines

Solomon Islands has become the first country in the Pacific to launch guidelines for domestic violence counsellors.

The guidelines are a national framework that outlines systems and processes required for counsellors to be registered domestic violence counsellors.

The Solomon Islands has one of the highest rates of family and sexual violence in the world with 64 percent of women aged 15-49 have reported physical and/or sexual abuse by a partner.



Stuff: Businessman's domestic violence conviction quashed to allow overseas travel

A businessman who grabbed his wife by the throat and threatened to burn down their house has had his conviction quashed because it would limit his overseas travel.

Feng Lei Shi was at home in Auckland with his wife and six-year-old daughter on September 18, 2018 when a "heated discussion" began.



NZ Herald: Australian deportee beat partner unconscious and cut up her clothes

An Australian deportee punched his partner unconscious, cut up her clothes and spat in her face, a court has heard.

Misifosa Tapusoa, 23, committed the violence after a slew of offences in the preceding months, the Dunedin District Court heard yesterday.

Counsel Anne Stevens QC said her client was only in the country because of his poor driving habits while living in Australia.

The convictions he picked up over there resulted in him being deported to New Zealand where he had no family support, she said.


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