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Weekly Media Roundup

April 09, 2021 at 3:53 PM

RNZ: Calls for funding increase for sexual assault prevention

A sex education group is demanding the government massively increase funding for sexual assault prevention after a drop in the rate of rape convictions.

Those successfully held accountable for rape last year was at the lowest rate for more than a decade.

The latest figures from the Ministry of Justice showed 31 percent of those charged with rape were convicted (89 people).

For all sexual offences, the conviction rate was slightly higher, at 44 percent.

The conviction rate for other types of charges is 71 percent.



Stuff: Coroner's report tells of erratic, controlling and abusive behaviour that ended in murder suicide

No-one is to blame for the death of Ngaire McKenzie other than the man who killed her.

And while a coroner’s report on her death encourages agencies to do more work publicising the “red flags” of domestic coercive control, the National Network of Family Violence says it remains a “fundamental concern” that women and their friends are expected to be alert to the signs rather than insisting the men involved stop their violence or get help.



RNZ: 'Needy, self-absorbed, repetitive and badgering' - Coroner highlights red flags before men lash out at partners

A coroner has highlighted red flags that can warn women when they are at risk of being injured or killed by their partners.

Wellington coroner Mary-Anne Borrowdale has raised awareness of warning signs of violence through her recent report on the deaths of Ngaire McKenzie and Murray Daley.

The coroner found that Daley, 58, had killed Ngaire McKenzie, 61, and her dog at her Hawke's Bay home in June 2018. He then killed himself.

McKenzie - who had two adult daughters - was described by people who knew her as kind, generous and inclined to see past others' faults.

The coroner made it clear in the report that neither the victim nor any of the people around her were responsible for what happened, and it was entirely Daley's responsibility.

Subtle signs of abuse in the relationship indicated danger, the report said.



Stuff: Survivors speak out two years after mum murdered and daughter sexually assaulted in Karori


Elliot hears the front door and, every so often, in that brief moment, she thinks her mother is home.

Elliot is not her real name. Her older sister is not Freya. Her father is not Samuel.

Monday will mark two years since her mother was murdered, and Elliot, then 12, was seriously injured with a steel mallet and sexually assaulted during an ordeal that lasted 15 hours. That part is horrifyingly real.



RNZ: Study shows poverty accounts for more Māori being victims of crime

Poverty continues to be the major reason why Māori are the victims of crime more often than non-Māori, a new study has confirmed.

The Ministry of Justice study has found Māori continue to experience 38 per cent of crime, compared to 30 per cent for the general population.

"One of the unfortunate things that we find from this result is that nothing's really changed over the last 15 years. Māori have consistently been overrepresented as victims of crime, pretty much by about the same amount as what this survey shows," the Ministry of Justice deputy secretary, sector, Tim Hampton said.

It also found that being young meant Māori were more likely to be a victim of crime, which Hampton said was because the Māori population were on average younger than the general population.



Newshub: Crime against Māori as bad as it was 15 years ago - report



Stuff: Authentic voices too often missing from conversation

OPINION: Some years ago I took my first period of research leave, and headed to North America, intending to connect with the indigenous staff and student communities that I had seen in numerous glossy brochures for the universities I was going to visit.

On my arrival I was shocked to discover that these people did not exist – despite numerous programmes and initiatives on offer, most schools I visited had no indigenous staff or students.

The institutions were operating on the “if we build it, they will come” passive recruitment strategy – advertising the possibility of presence and engagement of under-represented indigenous peoples but not doing much about making it happen.

For years this approach has been common in laws promoting engagement with Maori.



NZ Herald: Social media campaign launched following 'appalling' rape conviction stats

The National Māori Authority has launched a nationwide social media campaign following "appalling" figures which reveal rape convictions are at a 10-year low and family violence offences have increased.

"I'll just say it as I call it, we are a nation of violent partner beaters – and there is no escaping that single truth", chairman Matthew Tukaki said.

The campaign will focus on drawing people's attention to the problem with some basic messages that include "Whānau violence is not ok", "Aroha is not abusive" and "Stop. Think. Walk Away".

Tukaki also indicated the National Māori Authority was making plans for a national hui.



Stuff: Covid-19: Domestic violence victims could struggle to seek help in managed isolation

Police have responded to 25 family harm incidents in managed isolation hotels, but domestic violence charities say more could be done to keep vulnerable people safe in MIQ.

Holly Carrington, a policy advisor for domestic abuse charity Shine, said the police figures may mask the true scale of the issue.

Being cooped up in a hotel room 24/7 for two weeks is the kind of environment in which coercive controlling behaviour could flourish, but at the same time opportunities to seek help are limited, she said.



RNZ: Abuse in Care Royal Commission of Inquiry: Religious leaders offer apologies

By David Cohen*

Analysis - Sorry seemed to be a rather easy word at the Abuse in Care Royal Commission of Inquiry over the past fortnight.

The inquiry has just wrapped up its latest round of public hearings, with various faith-based redress processes in the spotlight as representatives from three church groups fronted up to the commissioners. The sessions allowed leaders to respond to testimonies given late last year in which former residents of faith-based institutions talked about their experiences of abuse and the often nettlesome problems they encountered seeking recognition and redress.

The latest round also served as something of a curtain-raiser to what almost certainly will be a centrepiece of the inquiry overall, an examination of abuse in state care, which starts in early May.



Stuff: Students pushing for better education around sex, consent and rape culture

A student-led group demanding change around sexual assault and rape culture in Christchurch is taking its protest action city-wide.

It started with chalk graffiti messages at Christchurch Boys’ High School supporting women and LGBTQIA+ rights, and was followed by a protest involving more than 100 Christchurch Girls’ High students in the same week.

The Culture CHCHange group, initially organised by the three Christchurch Girls’ High students behind the chalked graffiti, has since grown and is stepping up the fight for better education around sex, consent, and eradicating rape culture in schools. The organisers wish to remain anonymous.

The group targeted the boys’ school, they said, to highlight the stories they had heard about harassment of girls from its students.



The Spinoff: When Wellington took to the streets

Last week, 500 Wellingtonians rallied for a city free from sexual violence. Maddi Rowe, one of the organisers, explains why they’re calling for change.

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1 News: Misogynistic Twitter posts linked to domestic violence, Australian study finds

Places where there's a lot of misogynistic tweeting are also likely to have a lot of cases of domestic violence, a new Australian study has found.

The connection to domestic and family violence can be made despite the presence of factors such as alcohol and inequality, the University of NSW study said.

Examples of misogynistic tweets identified by the researchers included, 'Women are all bitches', 'Whore had it coming', and 'Make me a sandwich, slut'.



RNZ: No baby, no help: Depressed, grieving mum told she’s not eligible for help

Warning: This story discusses suicide and depression

A depressed woman whose baby died was denied help from Perinatal Mental Health Services - and other mothers in extreme distress say they can't get treatment via their DHBs or ACC. When suicide remains New Zealand's biggest killer of pregnant women and new mothers, why can't mums get help?

It is when Sarah* is thinking of killing herself that a Maternal Mental Health Service finally agrees to help her.

Despite a history of depression, a difficult pregnancy and a seriously sick baby, mental health services had twice refused to treat her, despite referrals from her midwife and doctor.



Stuff: A statistical fact that will change the way you think about the gender pay gap

OPINION: Domestic violence committed on female partners in heterosexual couples occurs significantly more frequently when the woman earns more than the man – according to our findings about 35% more often.

Our research linking domestic violence to gender income balance is a world first.

We are astounded by the strength of the association.



ODT: Keep up the support

There’s a school of thought among researchers that holds that parents tend to withdraw their emotional support from their sons much earlier than they do their daughters, writes Ian Munro.

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NZ Herald: Woman alleges she was sexually assaulted while partner was sleeping next to her


A woman who says she was sexually assaulted by a man while her partner was sleeping next to her is furious a judge granted him bail.

The woman, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, met a man at a train station a year ago and they struck up a conversation.

Read more…


NZ Herald: Dunedin teen refugee victim of live-streamed honour beating by family

WARNING: This story contains references to family violence and may be upsetting for some readers.

A teenage refugee was subjected to protracted, live-streamed beatings by her own family after supposedly bringing shame on them, a court has heard.

"What's just absolutely appalling is that she was hit so many times she couldn't tell the police even an approximate number of blows she'd received," Judge Kevin Phillips said.

The victim's mother appeared in the Dunedin District Court last year where she was sentenced to seven months' home detention for her role in the violence.

On Thursday, the girl's father received nine months on house arrest after he pleaded guilty to two charges of procuring the attacks while he was working in the North Island.



NZ Herald: Sugar dating warning: Christchurch woman says she was raped by sugar daddy

WARNING: This story contains references to sexual violence and drug use

Free drinks, shopping trips, fancy dinners and weekly allowances.

This is the lifestyle then 21-year-old Nadia imagined when she first signed up to Seeking Arrangements - a site infamous for those seeking dating with financial benefits.

"It just appeals, it sounds nice, it sounds easy. As someone who's single and generally quite outgoing and confident, it sounds too good to be true."

And it was.

After only a few short exchanges with a man who claimed to be a sugar daddy, the young woman says she was raped.



Stuff: 'Serious misconduct' by police officer sending texts with sexual innuendo to victim

An investigation has found a police officer engaged in “serious misconduct” by sending inappropriate text messages to a vulnerable family harm victim.

A complaint was laid with police claimed the officer had sent inappropriate text messages containing sexual innuendo and concerning language to a vulnerable family harm victim.

An investigation by police, overseen by the Independent Police Conduct Authority, found the officer had engaged in serious misconduct.


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