What is The Protect that Child Project?

 

The Protect that Child Project is a Sensible Sentencing Trust initiative. This election year we are asking New Zealanders to use YOUR VOTE to show your support for The Protect that Child Project.

The catalyst for this project is the action the Director of Human Rights Proceedings is taking against the Sensible Sentencing Trust – we are currently being sued by the Director for naming a convicted paedophile on our offender database. This man has multiple convictions for sexual offending against children. It appears he has been able to hide behind the fact he was granted ‘interim’ name suppression’ at the time of his trial. This ‘interim’ name suppression has allowed him to live and work in the community with the public being oblivious to his criminal history and the potential risk to other children. In what we think is a failing of our justice system this offender’s ‘interim’ name suppression continues solely to protect the so called ‘privacy’ of a convicted paedophile. No consideration has been given as to a balancing of the rights of his victims or the public’s right to know who lives amongst us and the risk they pose to our children.

On the 29th July 2014, we settled the issue out of court with the Director having to pay no compensation. Please see the press release and court documents here:

http://www.sst.org.nz/sst-reaches-agreement-in-paedophile-privacy-case/pledge

SST believes the protection, safety and wellbeing of our children must be of paramount consideration at all times and this MUST be absolute and entrenched in legislation. This case still has the potential to not only make legal history but it could also change the law and redefine New Zealand’s reputation as a paedophile haven as SST continues to fight with this offenders victims for justice. Currently the judge has reserved his decision.

http://www.3news.co.nz/Sexual-abuse-victims-fight-to-have-suppression-lifted/tabid/423/articleID/354719/Default.aspx

JUDGEMENT RELEASED TODAY – 14th August 2014

“Chuck it out and start with a blank piece of paper” states Ruth Money, Sensible Sentencing Trust Spokesperson in reference to the current name suppression laws.
In a Reserved Judgment released today, Judge Paul Kellar highlights the nonsensical issues surrounding name suppression. Even if and when a victim successfully has their name unsuppressed, offenders still retain name suppression because technically the legislation does not allow for their details to be unsuppressed.

“Where is the common sense?” asks Ruth Money. “This is not at all what Parliament intended by the law, there are errors in its drafting and should be remedied immediately”.

“In light of this decision we are calling on all political parties to commit to a first principles review of name suppression laws. That is, start with a clean slate and think: If name suppression was to be granted, what would be the few scenarios in which it could be justified. Let’s fix this issue once and for all” pleads Ms Money.

“Name suppression is, in effect, a denial of the truth and here we see the law allowing offenders to effectively piggyback on the rightful application of name suppression that is awarded to survivors of sexual abuse” states Money. “Survivors already get name suppression by law so why do we even need a separate name suppression law at all? The UK doesn’t have it for example. It simply enables reoffending and hides the truth”.

The SST confirmed today that they will be supporting the survivors in this Christchurch case all the way through a Judicial Review of the offenders name suppression as well as any other proceedings that are required to right the law.

“The sooner the Government acts to correct the law back in line with the original intention of parliament (the protection of victims’ rights), the sooner we will see a drop in reoffending because currently offenders are hiding and preying on victims, enabled by name suppression which they are not entitled to”, says Money.

To illustrate how ridiculous the law is, the journey of these victims is:

1. They get name suppression without being asked if they want suppression, SO
2. The offender gets name suppression but only to protect the victims, BUT
3. Then the victims consent to and don’t have name suppression anymore, BUT
4. The offender still has name suppression, SO
5. They get suppression again even though they never wanted suppression in the first place.
 
“You couldn’t make this stuff up!” concludes Ms Money SST Spokesperson

Counsel for the applicants: Nikki Pender 021 515 395

Introducing Ian Tyler – Author: Hope Arises

Recently we have been fortunate enough to meet with Ian Tyler, author of Hope Arises.

We believe Ian is a truly impressive individual with a great amount of knowledge in the area of child protection against sexual abuse. Among multiple career achievements Ian was part of the team instrumental in the implementation of Sarah’s Law in the UK.

Ian has kindly donated his time to the Protect that Child Project. Ian dedicated his career, and now his personal time to the fight against child sexual abuse and the support of the victims and survivors of these heinous crimes. To learn more about Ian and his book Hope Arises you can visit Ians website www.ianrtyler.com.