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May 22, 2020 at 4:48 PM

RNZ: Ninety-four percent of sexual assaults go unreported - survey

One in four people experience sexual assault in their lifetime, but 94 percent of those assaults are not reported to the police, the largest survey of crime in New Zealand shows.

Victims' advocates say the survey, which was commissioned by the Ministry of Justice, will help lead to radical change in the justice sector.

The New Zealand Crime and Victims Survey talked to more than 8000 people over the past year, to form what the Ministry of Justice said is the most comprehensive picture of crime in this country.

The report published by the ministry said 24 percent of adults - or more than 900,000 people - experienced one or more sexual assaults in their lifetime.

But just 6 percent of those, a rate of three in 50, would actually report the sexual assault to police.

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NZ Herald: Advocate calls for justice reform after survey finds sexual violence vastly unreported in NZ

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ODT: Indicators of who will be a victim

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1 News: Social service providers warn of a ‘tsunami of need’ on the horizon

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RNZ: Homicide, sexual assault charges plummet during lockdown

The number of homicide, robbery and sexual violence charges all sharply dropped during the nationwide lockdown.

By the end of the lockdown, nearly 32,000 hearings in district courts had been adjourned as a result of Covid-19.

Data released by the Ministry of Justice today has revealed the trends in the District Court under alert level 4.

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NZ Herald: Auckland baby death: Man charged with murder after three-month-old assaulted in Papatoetoe

A young man has been charged with murdering a 3-month-baby and will appear in court later this month.

The infant died in Middlemore Hospital on April 13, after being assaulted at an address in Papatoetoe, Detective Inspector Shaun Vickers said.

The man, 21, was arrested following a homicide investigation, called Operation Searcy, by Counties Manukau Police.

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