PM John Key discourages rape victims from testifying, excuses police son's rape club
The PM commented on the roast busters rape club case. He said the young gang rapists who ran an online humiliation website to showcase their footage and did so all this time with the knowledge of police should just 'grow up'. Like it was a minor incident of no consequence. He then commented on the victims. He didn't encourage them to come forward to help the police or say they would be protected - he did the opposite. He very definitely dissuaded and discouraged them from coming forward and testifying. It is quite astounding to hear this from a PM of any gender.
John Key said:
'It's a very challenging situation for a young woman to put herself in that position. She would be subject to a full and open process and that's very challenging.'
He's the boss of the NZ Police under the Policing Act 2008, not really the Police Minister. He is trying to help dismiss this case involving multiple victims of rape... to cover for what? To cover the cops. To cover the offenders. You have to ask when TV3 tonight revealed the captain of rape club is the son of an international celeb and the seargeant-at-arms is the son of a cop. No wonder the Waitemata police hesitated, but nothing can excuse letting it go on for two years. The police logic of keeping the website open so they will eventually leave evidence when there was already more than enough for search warrants etc. And when each hour it is on is another hour of victimisation amounts to criminal misconduct by the NZ Police. Who will charge the patrons of rape club?
Why is the PM sticking up for rapists? So as not to damage their chances of becoming policemen? Is that what country we live in now?