The Meaning Of Whanau?
Is This the Meaning Of Whanau - I Think Not
New Zealand First Maori Affairs spokesperson Pita Paraone is shocked at the high rate of sexual abuse among Maori girls under the age of 15 years.
Mr Paraone’s comments follow revelations that New Zealand rates highest among the 10 countries who took part in a World Health Organisation survey on child sexual abuse. The survey found a disturbingly high rate of abuse across the population and even higher rates amongst Maori girls.
“Both of these findings have serious implications for our society,” said Mr Paraone.
“More often than not the perpetrator is known to the victim but more worrying is that it is sometimes a family member. We must inform and educate families so that they are able to recognise the signs of such abuse.
“If these figures are symptomatic for the whole country then we are facing a crisis,” said Mr Paraone.
“New Zealand First is continuing to fight for policies which protect our social fabric and traditional family values. These young victims are unable to voice their suffering so we as responsible adults must do it for them.
“We must do all we can to stop today’s victims becoming tomorrow’s abusers,” Mr Paraone said.