Crimes Amendment Bill
While I often do not agree with the oft-used practice of passing legislation ‘under urgency’ I applaud the passing of this law, but ask why it has taken so long to see the light of day? In New Zealand we have a shocking history of child abuse that has been allowed to go on for far too long. Children have been physically abused by parents, whanau and “care-givers” for years and it beggars the imagination to subscribe to the arguments of those around the victims that they knew nothing of what was going on. Defenseless children have been killed and family members have protected the murderers in their midst. Police have met solid walls of silence and protestations of innocence. This disgraceful situation is not a new thing yet our governments have dithered. It sickens me that ANY member of an extended family can stand by and keep silent about the abuse of their beloved wee ones.
I just hope that now, armed with this law the abusers are apprehended and punished and anybody who is responsible for abuse of children is put away for a long, long time, as should be anybody who condones it.
It will be very interesting to see and hear reactions of neighbours and extended family members to apprehension by police and the stories that will be offered in justification of silence.
See also When Will It End?