Media Release 16 December 2010
Family First NZ says that the punishment of a $2,000 fine and supervision for indecent assault and sex with a 12 year old by a New Plymouth man is pathetic and sends a dangerous message regarding the sexual exploitation of young people.
“The abuse of this young girl by a 21 year old man, including a sexual assault, showed a complete abuse of power by the man. Society should be sending the strongest possible message regarding the primacy of protecting young girls and boys from sexual exploitation, and the complete rejection of underage sex,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ.
“A punishment of a fine and some counseling has turned a very serious sexual abuse of a young girl into just an expensive episode. Whether the 12 year old consented to the sex or not is completely irrelevant. The age factor shows that she was simply not mature enough to be making appropriate decisions.”
“This case is further proof that some of the judiciary are completely out of touch with the concerns of parents and the community regarding the sexualisation of our young children. There have been similar concerns over weak sentences regarding the possession and distribution of child pornography,” says Mr McCoskrie.
“It’s time the law was toughened up and judges were put on notice to send a strong message showing the community’s disgust with the sexual abuse of young people. The welfare and protection of our young people should be paramount.”