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    Doctor decries staggering level of child abuse
    Page 1 of 2 5:00AM Sunday July 15, 2007
    By Stephen Cook

    A leading authority on shaken baby syndrome says the level of child abuse in New Zealand is staggering, with nearly one child a week admitted to Auckland's Starship Hospital with serious physical injuries.

    Hospital data, released to the Herald on Sunday under the Official Information Act, shows that since 2001, 181 children have been hospitalised as a result of "suspected or definite" child abuse. Of those, 13 have died.

    The release of the figures comes a fortnight after a newborn baby was found dead in the backyard of a Lower Hutt home.

    The Lower Hutt mother charged with murdering her newborn daughter has been remanded to a mental institution for psychiatric assessment.

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    Child abuse 'national scandal', PM says
    Page 1 of 2 Updated 9:10AM Monday July 30, 2007
    By Beck Vass and Juliet Rowan and Martin Johnston

    The Prime Minister has today voiced her concern over the grave issue of child abuse.

    A second Rotorua child - a 12-week-old baby - is in the Starship with suspicious head injuries.

    Last week, 3-year-old Nia Glassie was flown to the children's hospital in Auckland with serious head and abdominal injuries, allegedly caused by months of abuse, which included being put in a tumble dryer.

    The latest baby, a boy, was admitted on Saturday. He was in a stable condition last night.

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    I do wonder what goes on in these peoples minds to do such things to the poor kids.

    I know my kids drive me round the bend sometimes and get me wound up but I would never dream of hurting them and I just don't understand why people do it.
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    Good to know that the public are showing that people like this are outcasts and this type of behaviour is not acceptable. What happened to little Nia is outrageous and totally deplorable, more so considering how many family members were involved. I don’t know if you’re read the story of what happened to her. Heartbreaking.

    Defendants face angry Rotorua protesters
    5:00AM Tuesday July 31, 2007
    By Juliet Rowan


    Protesters take their message to the streets. Photo / Alan Gibson

    Outrage is growing in Rotorua over the alleged abuse of two local children.

    A protest was held outside the district court yesterday as four of five people accused of assaulting 3-year-old Nia Glassie appeared in the dock.

    Rotorua Mayor Kevin Winters plans to hold an urgent meeting tomorrow to discuss the problem of child abuse with welfare agencies.

    Local police have also voiced their concern, saying abuse of children appears to be a growing problem.

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    And domestic abuse extends to women, too.

    NZ's domestic violence record on show at UN
    NZPA | Tuesday, 31 July 2007

    New Zealand's record of domestic violence is being exposed at a United Nations convention in New York today.

    Delegates at the UN convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women will be told that in New Zealand, a woman is killed every five weeks by her partner or ex-partner.

    Anne Todd-Lambie and Beryl Anderson from New Zealand's National Council of Women, in a 10 minute presentation, will tell the conference that all forms of violence ranging from the killing of women in domestic situations to bullying in schools and workplaces are an overwhelming concern for New Zealand women.

    They will be calling on the New Zealand Government to commit long term funding to the problem.

    The National Council of Women will also be highlighting concerns about children being sexualised too early through advertising and the media, the fact that New Zealand women continue to receive less pay than men for work of equal value and a lack of women in leadership roles in the private sector.

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    One-in-five feel unsafe at high school
    12:36PM Wednesday August 01, 2007

    One in five secondary school students feels unsafe at school, a survey has found.

    A University of Auckland random survey of 10,000 secondary school students throughout the country said many of the students were exposed to violence at home or at school which could lead to serious health problems.

    The Youth2000 study was co-ordinated by the university and released today by the Ministry of Health.

    The report analysed violence witnessed, perpetrated or experienced by the random sample of secondary school students in years nine to 13.

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    Vigil for abuse victims to bring Auckland to standstill
    By KIM REED - North Shore Times | Tuesday, 7 August 2007

    Traffic on Auckland Harbour Bridge could come to a standstill tomorrow at 12.12pm as people stop what they are doing and stay silent for three minutes in a symbolic gesture against child abuse.

    Three trusts, For the Sake of Our Children, Sensible Sentencing and Family Trust, have rallied together to encourage people to take action.

    For the Sake of Our Children Trust executive director Christine Rankin says it was the trust's chairman John Sax, who mentioned a few years ago he'd "literally like to bring Auckland to a standstill" that gave her the idea.

    Ms Rankin says she convinced the other trusts to combine forces to create a day of unity throughout the country.

    "I wasn't sure what would happen but we've been inundated with calls from people asking where we can meet and what they can do,

    "I've heard that people plan to stop on the harbour bridge and the southern motorway and stand outside their cars," she says.

    Ms Rankin says the three minutes represent each year of Nia Glassie's life - the young Rotorua girl who died on Friday from horrific injuries inflicted upon her.

    The time of 12.12pm was set because it represents the average number of child abuse deaths each year.

    Over 6000 pamphlets are being dropped today in the commercial areas of Newmarket, Takapuna and Queen St to spread the word.

    The trusts are asking people to come out onto the street, outside their office or classroom, stop their cars and stand outside their vehicle for three minutes at 12.12pm in a stance against child abuse.

    "If people can group together it will be more powerful," says Ms Rankin.
    Actress Greer Robson has announced she will be ambassador for tomorrow's event.

    Ms Rankin will join with others tomorrow and stand on the corner of Grafton Bridge and Park St near Starship Hospital.

    Staff and whanau at Northcote's Te Puna Hauora, a non-profit community health organisation committed to the reduction of health inequalities, is taking part and are asking the community to join with them.

    The event will be held outside the childcare centre at 58a Akoranga Dr, Northcote.

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