I am a strong woman and I believe in freedom of speech. Freedom of speech means that both sides of every issue get to be discussed. It does not mean that discussion is shut down because one side labels the others speech as ‘ Rape culture ‘ or dismisses it because it was written by a man and the issue is only relevant in their opinion to women.
Paula Bennett has seriously dropped in my estimation with her latest prognostication about the so-called “rape culture” in New Zealand.
New Zealanders need to change the way they respect each other, in order to abolish our rape culture.
That’s the message from the Minister for Sexual Violence Services, Paula Bennett.
It comes after Tania Billingsley appeared on 3rd Degree last night, opening up about her alleged assault by Muhammad Ismail in her Wellington home.
The Minister agrees with Ms Billingsley’s belief that New Zealand has a rape culture.
“You can certainly see it in pretty much a pub or a nightclub in New Zealand on most weekends to be quite frank.”
According to Labour, the cops are liars.
Police were under government orders to “minimise” the number of domestic violence charges they lay to make crime statistics look good, Labour MP Andrew Little claimed yesterday.
But the claim has been strongly denied by both police bosses and the Government.
Family violence figures released yesterday by the University of Auckland’s Family Violence Clearinghouse show police charges for domestic violence offences dropped by up to 29 per cent from 2009/10 to last year.
And for the same period, the number of offences recorded by police fell by nearly 10,000.
But the number of investigations into family violence grew from 86,800 in 2010 to 95,100 incidents last year.
Little, a list MP and New Plymouth’s Labour Party candidate, said he believed the drop in family violence charges was due to the Government putting direct pressure on police to lower the crime statistics.
“What I have been told authoritatively is that front line police have been told to minimise the number of charges they lay.
“That is not just family violence but across the board. I’m told it’s not just domestic violence, it’s all forms of offending.
“I think that a combination of that and using police safety orders is what is showing up in the reduced number of charges in relation to domestic violence,” Little said.
Judith Collins and Anne Tolley have announced the position of Chief Victims AdvisorÂ to advise on the needs and views of victims of crime, including domestic violence victims.
A cross-government approach to prevent family violence proposes new Justice sector initiatives to keep women and children safe, Justice Minister Judith Collins and Police and Corrections Minister Anne Tolley announced today.
âThe high rate of family violence in New Zealand is unacceptable â too many domestic violence victims continue to be re-victimised even when a protection order is in place,â Ms Collins says.
âThis Government is committed to do more to end family violence. Thatâs why weâre proposing a suite of initiatives to increase the safety of family violence victims, reduce the risk that they will be re-victimised and make services more responsive to victimsâ individual needs.â
The Justice sectorâs stronger response to family violence links with Associate Minister for Social Development Tariana Turiaâs work to promote community wide rejection of family violence. Together with the Governmentâs focus on vulnerable children, it will help future generations of children to grow up without family violence. Â Â Read more »
The Labour party via Su’a William Sio seems to be justifying knife culture in South Auckland by explaining away the violent stabbing at a South Auckland primary school as “boys will be boys”.
Luckily none of those “boys being boys” produced a machete….or one of the kids died. One may still, being in critical care at the moment. I wonder if he does die if Su’a William Sio will state that it was just a case of boys being boys. I wonder if the judge will accept that as a defence?
A commenters suggests a possible solution for the increasing incidence of feralism:
Billions of dollars have been spent on all types of programmes targeting Maori poverty, child abuse, crime, domestic violence, unemployment etc, nothing changes. Successive Governments claim to have the answers and new funding, new incentives, and new promises fail to stem the flow of depravity. Let’s just stop. No more special treatment, no more special funding, no more excuses. Hold parents responsible for the actions of the child. Hold Maori accountable for their over representation in these statistics. Demand they do something about it, because until such time as their own families judge them, it won’t change. STOP throwing money at them âŠ it doesn’t work.
Quite simply welfare doesn’t work.
I have told loads of politicians that welfare doesn’t work, invited them to come visit in South Auckland. One, a Labour MP promised to do so but never has…despite now working near where I was talking about.
If welfare was the answer then it was a bloody stupid question in the first place.
We have poured literally billions of dollars into welfare for various reasons…to protect the kids, to improve health, to make houses warm…the excuses are endless.
All that is generated is increased, weapons grade whinging about needing more….billions more.
If welfare was the answer then poverty, crime, child abuse and many other societal ills would have been solved a long, long time ago.
It is time to do something different.
Last nightÂ TVNZ lead with a story about a Tauranga case where the CrownÂ SolicitorÂ opted for cost saving over public safety and basically let a rapist walk who (quite predictably) has now raped again.
The organisation charged with prosecuting criminals has been accused of allowing a violent offender to attack again.
Neihana Rangitonga has admitted kidnapping a woman for sex and threatening to kill her.
Now another woman who alleges she was an earlier victim says the handling of her case by Crown prosecutors meant another woman was attacked.
For nearly four years, the woman who claims she was an earlier victim has been monitoring news reports about sex attacks, wondering if the man she says attacked her had struck again.
“Anytime something happens in the news, I think about it, that memory,” she told ONE News.
Then last month, Rangitonga was arrested for abducting a 21-year-old student for sex and threatening to kill her.
He has pleaded guilty to picking her up from a Mount Maunganui Burger King drive through in the early hours of May 10 and trying to force her into sex.
The terrified woman managed to jump from his car and raise the alarm.
“If anyone didn’t believe me at the police station, I thought if they don’t believe me now they’ll know,” says the woman who alleges she was an earlier victim.
Four years earlier, Rangitonga was arrested and charged with raping and wounding this woman, who can’t be identified for legal reasons.
The pair met on a bus and she agreed to go to a park with him to take drugs. Â Read more »
i know this guy took things a bit far but Â I thought it wasÂ fair enough he got in a few shots around the ears of the car thief.
A WAIMANA man received a community based sentence after pleading guilty to repeatedly punching a person he found attempting to steal his partnerâs car.
Last Wednesday Whakatane District Court heard how Ken Saunders, 23, was asleep around 1.30am on October 20 last year when the alarm of his partnerâs car was activated.
He ran outside and found someone attempting to steal the vehicle.
The police summary of facts described the 15Â year Âold victim as âextremely intoxicatedâ when he sat in the driverâs seat trying to start the car.
Saunders opened the driverâs door and the victim swung his arm at him, before running away.
Saunders chased him then punched him numerous times around the head.Â Read more »
A dud judge in the US has let a child rapist off a custodial sentence because the poor petal might get a hiding in jail.
The millionaire heir to the fortune of the American chemical company DuPont has escaped prison after raping his three-year old daughter because a judge considered he wouldn’t “fare well” in prison.
Robert H Richards IV pleaded guilty in 2008 to fourth degree rape, which usually carries a 15-year sentence in the US, but a Superior Court judge suspended his eight year sentence because she considered he would not “fare well” in prison,Â The News JournalÂ reported.
Judge Jan Jurden ruled Richards needed treatment and noted that child molesters are often targeted by other inmates in prison. Richards won’t serve jail time unless he violates his probation.
The rape case made headlines earlier this month after Richards’ ex-wife filed a lawsuit seeking compensatory and punitive damages for assault, negligence, and inflicting emotional distress on his two children, after claiming he also abused their 19-month-old son around the same time.Â Read more »
The Herald on Sunday followed up its story about the “politician” from the leafy suburbs with an editorial about the same case.
The editorial drops some hints as to the identity. Please do not take that licence to guess in the comments…to do so will get you the ban hammer faster than Pete or Travis can swing it.
He is one of the wealthiest men in New Zealand. He supports MPs who changed the law to expressly state that a defendant’s public profile should not, of itself, be grounds for keeping his identity secret.
And, in an acrimonious, multi-million dollar marriage break-up, this man was alleged to have grabbed or touched his wife’s neck, and admitted trying to kick in the door of their home and shouting abuse at her.
But in the Family Court this week, Judge David Burns ordered that the man’s identity be indefinitely suppressed – that anyone who even whispers at his identity be liable to three months’ imprisonment or a $2,000 fine.
Why? It is because his Queen’s Counsel, Lady Deborah Chambers, used a clause in the Family Courts Act to have him categorised as a “vulnerable person”, as both he and his wife had unsuccessfully sought protection orders against each other at the height of the drawn-out, torrid break-up.Â Read more »