Green Party MP Jan Logie is still pushing for John Key to apologise over accusing Labour and Greens of putting the welfare of criminals ahead of those of everyday New Zealanders by playing the sexual victim card.
A petition carrying 13,000 signatures calling on Prime Minister John Key to apologise for his “you back the rapists” comment has been handed in to Parliament.
Mr Key shouted the words at opposition MPs during a heated about New Zealand criminals being deported from Australia.
It caused uproar, and several women MPs walked out after saying they were victims of sexual violence.
Mr Key said he was responding to opposition claims that the Government wasn’t doing anything to help the deportees, and explained he meant Labour and the Greens cared more about criminals than the people who needed protection from them.
It wasn’t taken that way, and several women MPs walked out after identifying themselves as victims of sexual violence.
Mr Key didn’t apologise and Speaker David Carter subsequently said he couldn’t order an apology because he hadn’t heard the remark at the time.
The people’s power organisation ActionStation organised the petition.
It calls on Mr Key to “stand up and apologise for the offence your comment has caused to survivors of sexual violence throughout New Zealand, and withdraw the statement”.
It was handed to Green Party MP Jan Logie and Labour MP Poto Williams on the steps of Parliament today.
They were among those who walked out in protest when Mr Key made the comment.
The petition also calls on the Government to fully fund specialist sexual violence agencies to provide core services for victims.
“Today is the international day for the elimination of violence against women – it is the perfect day for us to present this petition,” said ActionStation spokeswoman Marianne Elliott.
Ms Logie said there was an epidemic of violence against women and the silence around it had to be broken.
The whole walkout was a staged political show. It was staged using the victims of sexual violence and mocking them by trying to smear the Prime Minister as being non-supportive of sexual violence victims.
There’s just one problem: he wasn’t.
And as we’ve seen by the polls that came out since then, New Zealand clearly heard John Key stand up for New Zealanders and question why Labour and the Greens were dying in the ditch for a handful of hardened criminals.
Using violence and sexual violence against women is normally an iron-clad strategy to shut everyone down. There simply is no argument to “justify” it in any context.
But Logie and her poisonous friends have totally over-reached here. John Key was clearly against the criminals who were at the time thought to be convicted of things like murder, rape and paedophilia while Labour and the Greens were criticising John Key for not doing enough to bring these people “home”.
The fact they found 13,000 people to sign this petition shows they are even willing to trivialise sexual violence if it means getting a hit in on John Key.
To borrow some Internet language: EPIC FAIL
– NZN via 3 News