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Weekly Media Roundup

May 07, 2021 at 9:35 AM

RNZ: Abuse in state-run children's homes focus of inquiry

Abuse in state-run children's homes will come under the spotlight at the Abuse in Care Inquiry over the next week.

The investigation by the Royal Commission will examine abuse and neglect of children and young people in residences run by the state, and by independent organisations on behalf of the state.

This includes boys' and girls' social welfare and family homes, and institutions that provided combined care and protection and youth justice care.



RNZ: Child put into adult pyschatric hospital, Royal Commission hears



RNZ: Life in state-run boys' homes: 'These were cells ... all you could hear was the screams'



RNZ: 'Please believe them': Sexual abuse survivor tells inquiry of being labelled a liar by state

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RNZ: Social Welfare allowed abusive father to visit daughter, Commission hears



RNZ: Abuse in Care inquiry: Social workers ignored incidents of rape, survivor says



1 News: MPs using sexual assault as 'political football' not leading by example: Marama Davidson and charity founder

Green Party co-leader Marama Davidson and the founder of the Aunties charity agree that New Zealand’s top house of power is not leading by example when it comes to attitudes about sexual assault and victims of sexual assault.

Aunties founder Jackie Clark said there is a “political debacle going on in Parliament using a woman who’s been sexually assaulted as a political football” after Speaker Trevor Mallard used parliamentary privilege earlier this week to accuse a former staffer of sexual assault.

Mallard had previously apologised to the same man for falsely accusing him of rape, and he wouldn't repeat the "sexual assault" allegation yesterday outside Parliament, where he wouldn't be immune from court action.

Police told 1 NEWS yesterday the assault allegation had previously been "fully investigated", resulting in "no formal charges".

But the debate itself in Parliament was problematic, Clark told Breakfast today. 



Stuff: Half of the women questioned for a study of the army report being sexually assaulted

Survivors of rape are calling on the Defence Force to establish an independent body to investigate sexual violence after more than half of serving women in an internal army report had been sexually assaulted or harassed in the previous year.

Stuff obtained the report ‘Barriers to Recruitment and Retention of Women’ as part of its ongoing Me Too investigation into sexual harassment in the armed forces.

It has emerged three years after the Defence Force predicted sexual violence would be stamped out and an “end state” of a safe environment achieved after its much-lauded culture change programme, Operation Respect.

Advocate Tracey Thompson, the daughter of Air Force child rapist Robert Roper, said she would be demanding a meeting with the Defence Force as a result of the report, which she described as “crushing”.



Stuff: When will the abuse end for NZ's servicewomen?

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1 News: Family Planning 'appalled, but not surprised' by sexist, racist abuse aimed at MP Kiri Allan

Sexual and reproductive health provider Family Planning says it's "appalled, but not surprised" after Labour MP Kiri Allan revealed the sexist and racist abuse she has received on social media while undergoing treatment for cervical cancer.

Taking to Twitter, the East Coast MP posted screenshots of a man’s comment on Facebook that said “Māori women will assist their cervical cancer issues by abandoning promiscuity rates”.

“Just ya average day on NZ SM [social media],” Allan wrote.

There is no evidence of differing promiscuity rates by ethnicity. Māori, however, have the lowest immunisation rate against HPV, a virus that is linked to abnormal cell activity in the cervix, which can increase someone’s risk in developing cervical cancer.

Some Māori women may also choose to put off smear tests for cultural reasons.

Another man’s Facebook comment stated: "Get over yourself Kiri. There are 71 people a day diagnosed with cancer and it sickens me to see you paraded in front of the media/by the media … the Labour Party uses other people’s pain and suffering to promote their party."

In a statement today, Family Planning chief executive Jackie Edmond spoke out against the comments, which she called a continuation of the "double standards around sexual behavior".



RNZ: 'There's no shame': Pasifika mums urged to get help for depression

Pacific women in New Zealand have the highest rates of antenatal and postnatal depression, yet low numbers get help. Sela Jane Hopgood asks why.



RNZ: Gangs in NZ: 'Talking to those ready to embark on that path is important'

A former professor of indigenous studies at the Auckland University of Technology says any discussion around gangs needs to remember why they were formed in the first place.

Dr Rawiri Taonui is an independent writer and researcher on human rights, diversity, and anti-racism who has worked extensively within indigenous rights research.

He says the conversation around gangs needs to be looked at with further understanding.

"The key thing to remember is that, historically, there are two crimes here"

"Gangs have been responsible for murders, rapes, high levels of domestic abuse, sometimes sexual abuse, drug dealing, but we have to remember that the Māori gangs came into existence during the 1960's as a result of the theft of Māori land, the suppression of Māori culture, particularly te reo Māori and the urbanisation of impoverished Māori families," Taonui said.



Newshub: 'It's about time' people are held accountable for alleged sexual abuse - former Gloriavale member

Families who have fled Gloriavale are hoping the latest investigation will encourage residents to speak openly to authorities.

A multi-agency investigation is into its third day at the isolated West Coast Christian community.

Police and Oranga Tamariki returned from Gloriavale on Wednesday, as an investigation continues into a range of alleged offences. 

Newshub understands that among them are allegations of sexual abuse. 



NZ Herald: Man who stomped on pregnant partner's stomach sentenced to home detention

A man who violently gouged his partner in the eyes and stomped repeatedly on her stomach while she was pregnant has been sentenced to home detention.

George Francis Donnelly, 25, appeared in the Hutt Valley District Court this afternoon on charges relating to the two incidents, which happened late last year.

The first attack was in August 2020, while he and the victim were at home in Lower Hutt.



Stuff: Kung fu dad confronts knife-wielding youth after attack in west Auckland park

An Avondale father skilled in kung fu confronted a group of youths who hospitalised his son’s friend in a random attack.

Matua Ngarino had a knife pulled on him in Avondale’s Riversdale Park after confronting a group of boys who he believed had attacked a 12-year-old a few days prior.

The attack had sent the boy, who had been at the park with Ngarino’s sons, to Starship Hospital and made his owns sons afraid of going outside, Ngarino said.



Stuff: Billie Eilish says sexual misconduct is 'everywhere'

Singer Billie Eilish says sexual misconduct is “everywhere”.

In an interview with British Vogue, Eilish said she doesn't "know one girl or woman who hasn't had a weird experience, or a really bad experience".

"And men, too - young boys are taken advantage of constantly," the bad guy​ singer said.


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