Prime Minister John Key: bust the “Roast Busters” and show you take sexual violence seriously
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Prime Minister John Key: bust the “Roast Busters” and show you take sexual violence seriously

    1. Jessie Hume
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      Jessie Hume

      Auckland, New Zealand

June 2014


This is some big news. I wanted to thank you so much for all your help last year in demanding justice for the "roast busters" rape victims – and pushing for better support for sexual assault victims in New Zealand. More than 120,000 of you signed my petition. And now, the government has announced a big funding boost for supporting rape victims. It's a great and important change. For years, support services have been faced with funding cuts and limited resources. And the story that emerged last year of the so-called "roast busters" group in Auckland assaulting young women was just shocking. I'm so glad we all came together to fight for justice. And together, I think we've helped change how the government is responding to sexual assault in this country. You can see more information about the funding announcements at these links: There is of course much more to be done in this area, and many groups are continuing to push for better services and more action against perpetrators of sexual assault. But I wanted to make sure you saw this news, and thank you for helping move the issue forward.

*Trigger warning*

"Go ahead and call the cops- they can’t unrape you”

Imagine being a 13 year old girl who has been raped. By multiple boys. And your rapist then went on Facebook and bragged about it, sharing with an audience of thousands your personal strife. The next step would be to go to the police – and so you do. And their response? To ask what you were wearing. And then dismiss your rape, saying there’s not enough evidence to proceed.

That’s what happened to a 13 year old young woman who was raped two years ago. 

She was the victim of Roast Busters, a group of boys who gang raping intoxicated underage girls. They then humiliated these women by bragging on Facebook – posting videos and sharing the personal anguish of these women with an audience of thousands. 

The police are saying there’s not enough evidence to convict these Roast Busters, so they won’t charge them. But, it’s now come to light that one of the alleged rapists is, in fact, a local police officer’s son. And that in the past few years 4 victims have gone to the police – and their voices were consistently ignored. 

It’s clear that the police force isn’t doing its part to find justice for these young women. These young women are being dismissed by the official body that is supposed to support those in need – and they have nowhere to turn to because of a lack of proper support services for victims of assault.

That’s why we need our Prime Minister to step up and do the right thing.

The current legal system is too intimidating for victims to come forward - and rapists are being convicted at extremely low rates. And no example of this is greater than these young women who have come forward about Roast Busters – only to be dismissed. Nothing has been done to alleviate the pain and shame these girls feel. 

It’s time to demand justice for these young women. It’s time our Government ensured that protocols, including support services for people who are raped or assaulted, are in place so something like this doesn't happen again

Use your voice to help these young women whose voices are consistently being ignored.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Cheryl Grice LOWER HUTT, NEW ZEALAND
      • about 1 month ago

      Rape is one of the most heinous crimes that can be committed against any person. It attacks the person on every possible level. Physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. These are not just words, it means that the perpetrator attacks who you are in every possible way, at the deepest level, saying you are of absolutely no worth. The rape victim will carry this attack with them for the rest of their lives, shaping who they are in the future - for better or worse...............If I was not a humanitarian, I would say shoot them!

    • Gay Coelli CAIRNS, AUSTRALIA
      • 2 months ago

      This kind of trash is all around Cairns in Queensland, boys mainly but girls also. They are above the law because they are black. Put them in Boot Camp until they are 17 years old, then put them in the big boys jail. See whose screaming to STOP then.

      • 2 months ago

      because i have daughters!!!

    • Michelle Cahill AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
      • 4 months ago

      Because a taxi driver made me feel unsafe in Penrose

    • christina Pafitis MOUNT PRITCHARD, AUSTRALIA
      • 4 months ago

      hang all men who hurts women mungrels


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