Victim impact statements will be heard regardless of the verdict

Victim impact statements will be heard regardless of the verdict

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Izzy Walker started this petition to New Zealand Ministry of justice and

Upon submitting a sexual assault report to the police and going forth with a trial it is an option for the the victim to write an impact statement. This is a running document that the victim is advised to continuously update it throughout the time upcoming to trial. This document is moderated by the appointed police staff working the case and can contain anything relevant to the victims experiences and feelings from the incident.

If the perpetrator/defendant is found not guilty, the victim impact statement is not heard by the court - this means the court will not hear the impacts on the victim from the incident.

This leaves survivors feeling voiceless, unheard and as if their feelings from the incident are all invalid. This needs to change and survivors deserve to be heard regardless of the defendant being found guilty or not.

We need to be heard, we need people to hear the dark and grim effects that sexual assault causes in attempt for them to understand a survivors life after assault. We need to have the control back in our hands in order to heal. 

A victim impact statement is OPTIONAL and in no way is a survivor required to write one when proceeding to court. Should a survivor choose to write a victim impact statement there should be an option for it to be heard regardless of the verdict.

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