September 05, 2019
Community disbelief hurts sex violence victims
A national network of specialist services for sexual violence prevention and intervention, TOAH-NNEST, says the death of convicted child sex offender Peter Ellis is likely to emotionally impact not only those who were harmed by him but other victims of sexual violence.
The death has provided a platform for his supporters who say the Supreme court should still hear his appeal that a miscarriage of justice occurred.
TOAH-NNEST tauiwi spokesperson Kathryn McPhillips says community disbelief can be difficult for anyone with a history of sexual harassment, abuse or violence, and particularly so when the evidence has been tested and upheld by the courts.
Ngā Kaitiaki Mauri spokesperson Russell Smith says the community has a lot to learn about the fact people who sexually harm can confusingly also have many positive attributes.
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