1 Apr 2015

Group looks at goals to combat rape culture

8:55 am on 1 April 2015

Prominent campaigners against rape and sexual violence have formed a national set of goals to combat what they call rape culture.

Marchers gather at Britomart at the start of the Auckland demonstration.

An Auckland demonstration against rape culture last year Photo: RNZ

Lawyers, politicians, academics and the sexual violence survivors' advocate Louise Nicholas were among those who gathered at an event in Auckland last night.

It was held on the anniversary of the acquittal of three police officers on all 20 charges of sexually violating Ms Nicholas.

She told the meeting she was more committed than ever to tackle sexual violence and help victims.

"Come hell or high-water, until I draw my last breath, I will fight for those who have had to go through this process.

"And I will continue to do that, and I know I can do that now because of the people sitting in this room and the people that sit with me today."

Labour MP Kelvin Davis said male MPs should be doing more in Parliament to prevent sexual violence, at the meeting.

Kelvin Davis

Kelvin Davis Photo: Supplied

Mr Davis, the only male speaker there, said it was about time men in politics tackled the issue.

"Where are the Hone Harawiras, the Pita Sharples, the John Keys, the whoever? Where are the men in Parliament making a noise and a song and dance about this?

"I'm going to be the male politician there making a noise and a song and dance about it."

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