Government crushes Winston’s pedo exposure bill

Parliament today refused leave for the Member for Northland Rt Hon Winston Peters to introduce a Bill to remove the right of paedophile?s to name suppression when the victim wants their attacker named.

A host of National MPs objected to the Bill being introduced.

Mr Peters says he is disappointed the government is content to allow paedophiles to hide behind a cloak of secrecy.

“This is often imposed on the basis it protects the victim,” he says. “But in cases where the victim wants exposure of the crime and not secrecy our Bill will remove the subjudice rule, name suppression, and the legal cone of silence.”

The New Zealand First Leader sought leave for the Bill, Criminal Procedure (Removing Paedophile Name Suppression) Amendment Bill, to be introduced and debated on the next members? day.

Imagine if a step father was indecently assaulting his daughters, and the daughters would want to world to know. ?They want the public to know he touched their breasts, their buttocks, their inner thighs… ?As long as the step father can get and keep name suppression, that’s the end of that one.

I’m not sure if Winston’s bill went far enough. ?We know of a Prominent New Zealander that took David Cunliffe to lunch that has a victim of sexual crime begging the courts to drop the name suppression, and yet, courts seem to not be in favour of people with sexual convictions be known to be public.

Somehow I suspect this won’t be NZ First’s last attempt. ?They’re onto a rich vein of public sentiment where scumbags that hide behind name suppression are able to continue life as if nothing happened, sometimes even reaching the lofty heights of business and society, while their victims can do nothing but scream into a pillow and get eaten from the inside out from the injustice of it all.

A bill like this would not only expose the criminals, but also the organisations?and people who have helped cover it up and supported these people as if nothing happened.

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