Are ‘men’ the problem?

This is our belated contribution to the #MeToo discussion. When we make female perpetrators invisible, we make their mostly male victims invisible too. Blaming ‘men’ not only makes it harder for male victims to get help, it also puts them at risk of secondary victimisation when they present as a victim yet are treated like a perpetrator.

#MeToo #MenToo #Gillette #TheBestMenCanBe #APA #MenAreTheProblem



Published in One in Three Campaign
February 11, 2019

Former Child Youth and Family caregiver accused of abusing boys in his care

A former Child Youth and Family caregiver has been charged with historical sexual offending against 17 boys.

The man, aged in his 50s, worked for Oranga Tamariki’s predecessor in Auckland and faces 43 charges.

Stuff understands the offending happened inside the Child Youth and Family facility.

Sixteen of the boys were in the care of the man at the time of the offending and staying at the Child Youth and Family facility in the mid-2000s.

Published in Stuff


Peter Gogarty campaigned for a royal commission, now he wants to see the Catholic Church in court

THE international “court of last resort” is considering a Hunter submission to investigate the Catholic Church for crimes against humanity as the world’s most senior bishops prepare to meet at the Vatican in February to deal with a worsening global child sexual abuse crisis.

Hunter abuse survivor Peter Gogarty has asked International Criminal Court prosecutor Fatou Bensouda to consider whether she can initiate a case against some of the church’s most powerful clerics for failing to respond to sexual crimes against children, under international law previously used in war crimes cases.

Published in The Herald


Child sex abuser memorialised in Marist rugby club’s trophy

A trophy handed out to an All Black-producing rugby club is named after a convicted sex offender.

A movement is now underway, led by a victim of Catholic child sex abuse, to rename the Brother Claudius Cup, named after Marist Brother Claudius Pettit who sexually abused a boy at a Wellington school.

Auckland Marist Brothers Old Boys Rugby, which hands out a trophy for most tries scored, would not comment when contacted by Stuff on Tuesday.

Published in Stuff