Arrest finally made after he ‘grabbed them by the pussy’

Young Labour summer camp 2018

A twenty-year-old man who allegedly sexually assaulted four young people at a Young Labour party by putting his hand down their pants has finally been arrested.

Name suppression appears to be in place so please DO NOT name him or post photos of him as if you do you will be made a co-defendant in any legal action taken against us. Quote:

Update: Police have issued a statement this morning after this Newsroom story confirming a 20 year-old man will face four charges of indecent assault and will appear in the Auckland District Court on July 5.

Police are believed to have arrested the man at the centre of the Labour Party summer youth camp sexual assault allegations.

[…] The victims were at an evening gathering after a day of workshops and briefings from Labour luminaries including Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at a venue near Waihi. The camp was said to have had a ‘mountain’ of alcohol available and the party involved adults and young people, including school students.[…]

The incidents involved the adult man touching male and female victims.

One victim told Newsroom last night: “To know that four months after the assaults occurred, that some action is finally being taken is fantastic. It feels like there’s some closure. After months of backtracks, lack of support and media coverage, its all coming to a head.”

Labour officials expelled the man from the camp but did not assist victims to report the incidents to the police or to their parents or families. The party general secretary, Andrew Kirton, did not tell Ardern, even when news of the scandal was about to break […]

Ardern […] later apologised for how the party handled the issue […]

Her comments at the time included:

– “The event was not undertaken in a safe and responsible way.”

– “Things went very, very wrong.”

– “It has become clear to me the extent of our failure to both provide a safe environment for those young people at the Waihi Summer Camp and to properly deal with serious concerns raised by several attendees in relation to sexual misconduct and alcohol.”

– “We failed the young people who told us they had been hurt – this failure left them feeling abandoned and I am deeply sorry for that. It is not good enough. We let them down.”

– “The [police complaint] option should have been made very clear and the offer of support if they chose to go to the police should have been made very clear as well.”

Police only became aware of the alleged assaults and initiated an inquiry after Newsroom’s news story.

Labour arranged counselling for the victims three weeks to a month after the camp and learning of the allegations, despite initial contact with the young people. The party also offered counselling to the alleged attacker. An approach by one victim via social media to cabinet minister Megan Woods, who was not at the camp, eventually hurried the party into action with a Wellington sexual assault support organisation.

[…] The young victim said: “It’s been such an unnerving time.

“[…] now the arrest…. and the release of the independent report in the next few weeks is really going to put the assaults and response to the assaults seriously in the spotlight.

“I’m hoping that some good will come out of it and the [man] begins to realise the seriousness of his actions and the awful position it has put not only me in, but the other three victims and the Labour Party too.

“This whole ordeal has detailed perfectly the party’s failings regarding sexual assault as a whole, yet somehow I am confident and remain hopeful that the party will not let something like this happen in the future” End of quote.

-Newsroom

One thing that jumps out at me from that news story is how the alleged victim quoted appears to be worried about the Labour Party’s reputation.

Credit: Luke


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