June 11, 2015
MASSIVE walk in final stages
Tai Tokerau MP Kelvin Davis says a hikoi through his electorate is just the start of the effort to end sexual violence.
Mr Davis and his team are making their way up the Aupouri Peninsula and are set to arrive at Te Rerenga Wairua at 11 on Sunday morning.
He says the response has been great from the people met on the way and the schools they have stopped at.
It has been successful of raising awareness of a problem many people want to sweep under the carpet.
"Sexual violence has robbed so many people of potential. Theres an economic cost of some 2 or 3 billion dollars, ruins whakapapa destroys whanau. More people will be hurt tonight through sexual violence than car crashes. We've got to do something about it, it is such an epidemic that runs through all communities all ethnicities all socioeconomics of our society" he says.
Kelvin Davis says the message he has been putting out is that people need to speak out and not tolerate sexual violence in any form.
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