So rapists don’t pay child support

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has apologised in Parliament to a rape victim whose benefit was wrongly docked after she refused to name the father of her child.

Tolley has also now also asked officials to review the requirement for women to disclose the name of the father of their child or risk having the benefit docked as a sanction.

The woman at the centre of the case told Newshub Work and Income docked her benefit by up to $28 a week because she refused to name the father of a child conceived in a sexual assault.

She did not want her child to be known as a result of the rape.

So… if the father is known, he doesn’t have to pay?  How does that seem just to anyone?  

The woman was 13 when the assault happened and had the child at 14 – below the age of consent.

Work and Income had since admitted it was wrong and is repaying about $4500 to the woman.

Asked if she would apologise to the woman by Green MP Jan Logie, Tolley said she would.

“As Work and Income have said themselves, they got it very wrong in this case … It is very clear that in this situation Work and Income did not apply the law correctly and I appreciate this was extremely distressing and upsetting for the young woman and I sincerely apologise for that.”

She said the reason there was an obligation to name a father, except in cases such as rape, was to try to ensure the father paid a fair share of child support.

Exactly.   And in the instance of rape or sexual assault where the father is clearly known, this financial support should become a burden on the father until the child is 18.   It should not be paid directly to the mother and child but to MSD.  This is about the taxpayer getting justice.


– NZ Herald

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