by Jan Logie
Back in April I posted a plea from Auckland HELP for people to put in submissions on the Law Commission’s review of pre-trial and trial processes. The review was seen by many of us as a once in a life time opportunity to actually provide justice for victims of sexual abuse.
I know 541 people put in submissions and this was on top of decades of work by academics, Government departments, community organisations and activists/survivors like Louise Nicholas and the previous Minister of Justice actually flew around the world looking for systems that might work.
I for one found that inspiring and hopeful. I’m very sad today to inform you the work has been taken off the work programme and put on hold indefinitely.
The current Minister says she shares my concern but doesn’t see it as a priority.
Well, the result of that is the overwhelming majority of victims of sexual abuse will continued to be knowingly denied access to justice. That is completely unacceptable in my eyes.