Today I met a young guy in Kaitaia whose life experiences replicate the story of this gang member, and which saw him go to prison and find an escape in “P”.
The sexual and physical abuse of boys is under-reported and misunderstood.
I support Ken Clearwater who in this video says there needs to be more research on the sexual abuse of males.
Failure to address the sexual abuse of boys will see New Zealand continue to raise angry young men who struggle to live to their potential and are often likely to end up in prison hurting many others along the way.
This just fuels the call of certain sectors of society to lock more people up. Building more prisons is not a pathway to economic, cultural or social success.
Sexual abuse is most likely to be perpetrated by someone a boy knows, loves and should be able to trust.
We need more men to speak out about sexual violence.