(Unless you have read the first and second posts in this three parter, you won’t have had the stage set for this final article.)
Rodney Hide’s article is mostly about name suppression, and how it doesn’t service justice
I have reluctantly concluded that New Zealand does suffer a rape culture.
It’s not an “all men are rapists” and “I am sorry for being a man” type of thing. Rather, it’s the way men can commit sex crimes and get away with it. The system works to protect the privileged and powerful.
My eyes were opened after myÂ columnÂ last week. I had called on National MP Maggie Barry to use Parliamentary privilege to break the suppression order protecting a “prominent” New Zealander.
The police had charged him with “indecent assault” but the sex predator pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of “indecent act with intent to insult or offend”.
“Indecent assault” is a strike offence; it’s a serious charge.
Judge David Saunders discharged the sex attacker without conviction and gave him name suppression. We can’t report who he is. By way of explanation, the judge said the predator had “carried a bit of a cross” since the charges were laid.
You know Rodney, you and I are both itching to kick this sexual assaultingÂ ratbagÂ to touch. Â But due to my (personally costly) hard work, the penalties for breaching suppression are no longer a maximum $1000 fine per incident. Â It has increased to $100,000 – and that’s not something I can afford to do again to bring about change. Read more »