Sign the petition to demand Murray McCully resign and stand with Tania Billingsley and the thousands of women who have survived sexual assault in New Zealand.
Tania Billingsley, who is at the centre of the Malaysian diplomat case, has lifted her own name suppression and bravely spoken out publicly, telling her story and demanding that Murray McCully, National’s Foreign Minister, resign. On May the 9th 2014 Muhammad Rizalman bin Ismail, the Malaysian diplomat in question, was arrested and charged with burglary and assault with intent to rape after allegedly following Ms Billingsley home. Both Murray McCully and John Key failed to take seriously the alleged sexual attack on Billingsley which allowed her alleged attacker to flee back to Malaysia.” In an essay written by Billingsley she speaks about the impact McCully’s poor leadership and decision making has had on her:
“Murray McCully – not only has watching and reading his response to my attack been incredibly hurtful and frustrating, I have also felt embarrassed for him. Watching a grown man try to talk his way out of responsibility at what is effectively failure at his own job is a painful thing to see. I can’t believe his incapability to admit a mistake and try to fix it rather than pointing fingers at everyone else.”
Governmental incompetency allowed for a diplomat to slip away under the guise of diplomatic immunity, this is a classic example of our state system and how it views sexual crimes. Murray McCurry’s office was actively involved in the handling of this case as such the Minister should take reasonability for this and offer his resignation. Not doing so will enforce the notion that National do not care about the survivors of rape and sexual assault,
Murray MUST go. It is time we collectively came together as New Zealanders and demand the National Government support and stand with survivors of sexual assault and violence. 1 in 5 women and 1 in 7 adolescent boys will survive sexual assault in New Zealand; rape culture is deeply entrenched in our communities. It is time we, as individuals in our communities stand against sexist and violent behaviour.
STAND WITH TANIA. STAND WITH THE SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT. SIGN THE PETITION