Friday, July 04, 2014

National shuts down Christchurch's rape crisis centre

On wednesday, the government used sexual violence as an excuse to undermine the right to silence. Meanwhile, they're quietly letting Christchurch's only rape crisis centre close [audio]. There's been a 40% rise in sexual assaults in Christchurch since the earthquakes, but National is refusing to fund rape crisis there because it needs government funding to survive (yes, really).

And that's National for you in a nutshell. A lot of tough talk, while making things worse in practice. I guess there's just no "tough on crime" headlines for Judith Collins in well-funded rape-crisis centres, and hence no reason for this government to show interest.