Name & Shame - A Survivor's Choice
A Name and Shame website for survivors of child abuse has started up on Facebook. It's for those survivors who, for one reason or another, have been unwillingly silenced.
The NZ Name Suppression Laws dictate to incest survivors (a vague term) that under no circumstances are you to TELL YOUR LIFE STORY! That is a gagging order imposed on those who should have the same rights as anyone else in this world - the rights to tell their own life story.
Government should not have the right to decide, nor the lawyers, not even other family members, other victims or even the ones that "got away."
Sex offenders who are related to the "victim" AUTOMATICALLY get name suppression - apparently it's to protect the victim's identity. So what happens then if the victim says her OWN name and says her abuser was her father - hasn't named him personally but has she outed him anyhow and broken the Law - WHO REALLY IS PROTECTED BY THIS?
In the meantime, offenders bypass the National Sex Offender's Database with a cordial smile from the judge. They can even go on to remarry, re-offend, and if they're clever enough to adopt the kids (Quick smart) they can then reapply for name suppression... and so on and so forth!
(Administrators of the Group must approve requests for new members to join. Anyone can see the group description, but only members can see the Wall, discussion board and photos.) On the second anniversary of this site, we go PUBLIC - Loud and Proud - let the butterfly spread its wings and fly! You always have the option of leaving the group if wish.
Please note this is a group for those who WANT their story told, who want to STOP the offender hiding under the pretense it protects her/his identity. This is NOT a group for outing others or for those who wish to remain anonymous. We will do all we can to support those who face legal ramifications for "telling their story" but we will not be held responsible for the publication of an individuals story - that remains the judgement of the person who posts.
Be Loud. Be Proud. But Be Safe.