Friday, August 10, 2007

Hundreds in Ashburton stand together against child abuse

This article from August 9 2007

Inner town workers and shoppers joined together yesterday in East Street to observe three minutes' silence to re-enforce their desire for New Zealand to take action against its high levels of child abuse.

Hundreds of people across the Ashburton District stood in silence for three minutes yesterday as part of a national protest against child abuse.
At 12 minutes past midday, people left their places of work, parked their cars, came out of their homes in every corner of New Zealand, to send a clear message to abusive parents that the ordinary New Zealander has had enough.
The three minutes' silence was organsied by lobby groups Family First NZ, the Sensible Sentencing Trust and For the Sake of Our Children Trust.
The three minutes represented the three years of the life of Rotorua toddler Nia Glassie who died last week from injuries allegedly inflicted by members of her extended family.
The time of day was chosen as it signified the 12 children who die from child abuse each year in New Zealand.
In Ashburton schools and pre-schools also encouraged students to take part in the national protest.
For the Sake of Our Children spokeswoman Christine Rankin said the nationwide vigil had been a success.
Child abusers needed to be given harsher jail terms and prohibited from ever raising children again, she said.
"If they have (more children) they should be taken away immediately — remove the child as soon as it's born."
Sensible Sentencing Trust spokesman Garth McVicar agreed with the call for tougher penalties for child abuse.
"We know deterrent sentences work; they've worked in seatbelts and they've worked in speeding, they'll work here as well."
He said he believed an urgent bill to increase jail terms for child abusers would appear before parliament shortly.
Family First spokesman Bob McCoskrie said organisers deliberately planned the protest to be as simple as possible, so that wherever people were they could take a moment to reflect on how they could make a difference to the child abuse problem.
"Let's face it — the three minutes was a symbolic gesture, but it was really designed to change the mindsets of people, from pointing the finger and 'Who's to blame?' to 'How can I be part of the solution?'"


dad4justice said...

Where are the many savage proponents of the smacking bill now? The callous evil silence from political people like Clark, Bradford, Kiro, Broad, Key, Anderton, Dunne, Peters is heart wrenching and I am utterly ashamed to be called a New Zealander.

Our children deserve better from our leaders.

God help this country please, as we need your intervention now.

Anonymous said...

Harsher jail terms, yes. Prohibiting child abusers from raising children ever again, no. That's my opinion, anyway.

Drugs are normally involved in cases such as these; that's normally the main problem at the root of it, if you know what I mean. And drinking. And child abuse patterns through many generations. Those types of issues are the things that should be sorted out in prison so that it's not necessary for them to be prohibited from having children again.

Andy Moore said...

Agreed dad4justice.

Anonymous, what I'm saying is that child abusers should never have the opportunity to raise children again. They should be locked away for the rest of their lives - and not at the expense of the taxpayer. At the bare minimum they should be earning their keep. Ideally, they should be paying back to society one very miniscule part of their crime.

Drugs are disgusting and it is harder to judge criminals who have acted under the influence. However, ultimately everyone is responsible for their own actions - and for the preservation of law and order, justice must prevail.

Anonymous said...

I guess it depends on the type of abuse. If it's murder, a life sentence is appropriate, but a life sentence isn't appropriate for all forms of abuse.

Anonymous said...

Abuse is abuse. I was severly abused as a child and I think that from other children I have seen severly abused as well that those mongrels should rot in a cell and should never be allowed to raise another child. It makes me violently sick, just thinking about it, especially when they (the abuser) think its their god given right to bring more children into this world or raise some other poor person poor kids. Those kids now are tomorrows adults and caregivers, show them how to act or is it Adults acting like kids raising our countries and worlds children. Severe abuse whether the kid dies or not should be severly punished. Living with severly abused and growing into Adult hood, is a LIFE SENTENCE for the victim. Think of all those victims who are or should be in therapy for the rest of their natural lifes.

Andy Moore said...

I'm with you there mate.