12 Nov 2013

Protest rallies planned over teen sex case

10:33 am on 12 November 2013

Public marches are planned throughout the country in response to revelations about a group of teenage boys who boasted online about having sex with drunk under-age girls.

A multi-agency investigation involving the police, Child Youth and Family, the Ministry of Education and ACC has been launched to investigate the group of boys calling themselves Roast Busters.

Police say they have been monitoring the west Auckland group of 17- and 18-year-olds since 2011, but have not been able to lay charges because of a lack of evidence, despite one of the girls laying a formal complaint.

Marches in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin and others centres have been organised for this Saturday.

As well as this, an online petition calling for the Prime Minister to make changes ensuring justice for rape victims already claims to have reached its target of 75,000 signatures.

Jessie Hume created the petition and says the response to it has been incredible.

"I think it reflects the leve of unmet need in the community. We're talking about the ways in which our culture, unintentionally maybe, enables these things to happen and doesn't adequately address it, and normalises it."