Waatea News Column: Will Maori suffer more convictions from new sexual assault laws?

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The new Sexual Violence legislation the Greens are pushing through Parliament has noble intentions to make the process less traumatic on victims, but by removing defences to rape to ensure more guilty verdicts are returned, the Greens could be setting up more Māori men for convictions.

Defence lawyers have warned that the new changes will impact Māori and Pacific Island and low-income men most as they don’t have the money to fight the charges and because the legal system is biased against them from the start.

The Greens argue that because sexual assault has such a low successful prosecution rate, removing any defence to allegations will ensure more Men are found guilty, but if the system is biased against Māori from the outset, that means they will bare the brunt of these new changes.

Like I said, the new laws have noble intent, but we’ve seen noble intentions before with Oranga Tamariki and we can see the damage that has created.

Let’s hope this time it’s different?

First published on Waatea News.

4 COMMENTS

  1. Expecting Green MPs to talk in more than platitudes and think further out than their small minded attitudes is asking a lot of this group. Thank goodness they are no longer at the table creating another layer to hold back the country from getting out of the mess we are in

  2. Great idea: let’s fight identity politics with MORE identity politics.

    Let’s imagine (for argument’s sake) that the answer to the question posed here is “No, the data suggest this proposed law change would not disproportionately impact Maori”. Would that mean that Jan Logie’s proposal is a good idea then?

  3. Just taking your headline at face value…yes if they commit the crimes and no if they don’t. Does that answer the question?

  4. Forget about noble intent. Having a court case with no context is wrong no matter what it is about

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