A Bill to curb the growing incidence of cyberbullying and its devastating effects passed its second reading in Parliament last night.
The Harmful Digital Communications Bill introduces a range of measures to address damaging online communications and ensure perpetrators are held to account for their actions.
Justice Minister Amy Adams says the Bill will prevent and reduce the harm caused by cyberbullying and harassment.
â€śHarmful digital communications include emails, texts and social media posts that people use to intimidate others, spread damaging or degrading rumours and publish invasive and distressing photographs,â€ť says Ms Adams.
â€śThis Bill has the potential to stop cyberbullies and reduce the devastating impact their actions can have. Importantly, our proposals also empower victims, by providing a quick, low-cost and effective way to right the wrongs done to them.
Ms Adams said recent events, such as the Roast Busters case, highlighted the need for legislation to help prevent victims from being re-traumatised on the internet and hold perpetrators to account. Read more »
This guysshould have more time added to his sentence, for wasting the court’s time and for being a cock.
New Zealand’s most notorious stalker has appealed his latest prison sentence saying he got confused about who he was stalking and lavished undue attention on the wrong woman.
Glenn Green is serving a 30-month sentence for two counts of criminal harassment, offending he began three weeks after getting out of prison in 2011.
Green, 42, aka Glenn Corleone, Goldberg, Carlionne, Casellano and Holden, appealed his sentence at the High Court in Auckland yesterday saying the judge had erred by giving him the same sentence for both his victims, when he had actually stalked one of the women much worse than the other.
Oh FFS, what a creep. Why can’t we have inventive sentences like a good beating with a golfball inside a sock?
It sounds like calling someone fatty could well become a hate crime in the UK. It could be worse though, at least they aren’t banning the abuse of Gingas.
RidiculingÂ someone as ‘fat’ or ‘obese’ could become a hate crime under an idea being floated by a group of MPs and a leading charity.
A report by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Body Image and the Central YMCA recommended MPs should investigate putting “appearance-based discrimination” on the same legal basis as race and sexual discrimination.
Under the Equalities Act 2010, it is illegal to harass, victimise or discriminate against anyone on the basis of a number of ‘protected’ characteristics, such as their race, gender, sexual orientation, age, or disability.
The parliamentary group, supported by the charity Central YMCA, has today published a report, Reflections on Body Image, recommending “a review into the scale of the problem of appearance-based discrimination and how this would be best tackled”.
It goes on: “This may include exploring whether an amendment to the Equalities Act would be the most appropriate way of tackling such discrimination.”
Under the current act, people can and are prosecuted for verbal abuse if it is deemed serious enough.
On Saturday the NZ Herald ran an article about NZ’s most dangerous stalker. It named him and the details of his crimes.
If this man had name suppression then what has happened since could never have happened:
More women have come forward complaining of harassment by the man described as New Zealand’s “most dangerous stalker” since his release from prison last month.
In three weeks of freedom, Glenn Green is now a suspect in at least one new case – and possibly more – of alleged harassment, on top of the case involving a 19-year-old woman that put him back in custody last week.
Some of the new women are said by police to have a “public profile” – it is understood they have appeared on television.
Green, 41, appeared in North Shore District Court on Friday on a charge of harassment of a teenager and was remanded in custody until January 12.
Green denied the charge and his lawyer said that “as soon as he was told to desist, he did desist”.
Detective Sergeant James Watson, of North Shore, said a young Devonport woman had come forward with a further complaint against Green at the weekend after seeing his photo in the Weekend Herald. “Every person that comes and makes a complaint we can go and lay more charges,” Mr Watson said.“He’s got 227 convictions.”
The woman had been “freaked out” by constant harassment similar to what was alleged for the 19-year-old, he said. The court heard that teen had left her family home and changed her phone number to avoid Green.
He had been out of prison for only a week when he started contacting her, said the police prosecutor in court.