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Commission of Inquiry into Abuse No Longer An Option

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22 December 2010

Commission of Inquiry into Abuse No Longer An Option

Family First NZ is repeating its call for a Commission of Inquiry into the unacceptable levels of child abuse in NZ and says that the Commission is no longer an option.

“The 80% plus of NZ’ers who oppose the anti-smacking law are simply kiwis who are exasperated with the fact that politicians, government organisations and supposed family welfare groups are more interested in targeting good parents so that they feel they are doing something about the problem rather than tackling the tougher issues of family breakdown and dysfunction, huge drug and alcohol abuse issues, violence in our media, poverty and stress, and mental illness,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ.

“The Inquiry also needs to include a look at the effect of welfare, the diminishing rates of marriage and the role of family structure, and the urgent need for an independent CYF Complaints Authority.”

“Since the passing of the anti-smacking law, there has been a continual stream of child abuse cases, the rate of child abuse deaths has continued at the same rate as before, and resources have been diverted to chasing parents who use a smack rather than targeting rotten parents with clear evidence of abuse.”

“Over the past 30 years we have allowed a succession of policies to diminish the importance of family structure and marriage. We have watched as politicians have given adults the right to silence, bail and parole while the rights of children to be safe have been ignored. We have allowed children to be raised in homes with an unacceptable level of drug abuse, family dysfunction and physical and emotional harm. And we’ve allowed the media to fill our minds with increasing levels of sexual and violent images in the name of entertainment and freedom of speech.”

“The plethora of so-called ‘experts’ simply aren’t solving the problem. The fact that the family of the West Auckland 9-year-old had been involved with CYF, a family support agency, a registered ACC counsellor, a court-appointed psychologist, the child's court-appointed lawyer and a child and youth mental health service is ample proof that the ‘bottom of the cliff’ approach is not working and is not the key – we must look at the root causes of child abuse. Why is it happening in the first place?”

Family First is repeating its call for a Commission of Inquiry into child abuse – www.stoptheabuse.org.nz

“These latest cases are yet another wake-up call that children will never be safe until we are honest enough as a country to identify and tackle the real causes of child abuse. An independent Inquiry free of political correctness and agendas would be an important first step,” says Mr McCoskrie.

HALL OF SHAME
Deaths since Anti-smacking law was passed

1. 16 month old Sachin Dhani June 2007

2. 28-year-old woman charged with murdering a newborn baby found dead in the backyard of a Te Mome Road property in Alicetown - June 2007

3. 22-month-old Tyla-Maree Darryl Flynn June 2007

4. 3 year old Nia Glassie July 2007

5. Ten-month-old Jyniah Mary Te Awa September 2007 Manurewa

6. Two-month-old Tahani Mahomed December 2007 Otahuhu

7. 3 year old Dylan Hohepa Tonga Rimoni April 2008 Drury

8. A 27-year-old Dunedin mother of five admitted infanticide. On May 26 she lost control, banged the baby's head repeatedly against the couch, choked her, then threw her on the bed and covered her with a blanket. May 2008

9. 7-year-old Duwayne Toetu Taote Pailegutu. July 2008

10. 16-month old Riley Justin Osborne (Kerikeri) boy Dec 2008

11. Three-year-old Cherish Tahuri-Wright (Marton) Feb 2009

12. Five-week-old Jayrhis Ian Te Koha Lock-Tata (Taupo) Mar 2009

13. One-year-old Trent James Matthews - aka Michael Matthews Jun 2009

14. Two-year-old Jacqui Peterson-Davis Kaitaia Aug 09

15. 3 year old Kash McKinnon Palmerston North 19 Aug 2009

16. Baby death arrest Green Bay 26 Aug 2009
An 18 year-old woman will appear in the Waitakere District Court today where she will be charged with concealing the dead body of a child.
17. 22 month old Hail-Sage McClutchie Morrinsville 27 Sep 2009
18. Toddler Karl Perigo-Check Junior Wanganui 25 Oct 2009
19. Death 18 Feb 2010
A 29-year-old mother faces a murder charge for leaving her baby in a bath

20. Death Infanticide 18 Feb 2010
Police investigating the death of a baby who was found at a Christchurch address yesterday are looking for the child's mother.

21. 6 months old Cezar Taylor Mangere East July 2010

22. Death 6 Oct 2010
Investigation continues at a Wellington house where a newborn baby's body was found buried yesterday

23. 3 year old Seini Unaloto IKAMANU 24 March 2010 (died 7 Dec 2010)

24. Death 8 Dec 2010
A 27-year-old woman has been charged with the murder of a newborn baby after an incident in Christchurch overnight

25. 5-year-old Napier girl found dead in her bed. 24-year-old man charged 21 Dec 2010

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