Kiwis caught in ‘Sweetie’ child sex sting Dutch children’s rights organisation Terre des Hommes has identified 1000 adults who were willing to pay children in developing countries to perform sexual acts in front of a webcam. Included on the predator list were the names of four New Zealanders.
Thousands march in Roast Busters protests
Roast Busters: Protests today aim to ‘bust rape culture’
Thousands of protesters throughout the country have taken part in a series of synchronised protests today aiming to “bust rape culture”.
The protesters are campaigning for:
• Rape crisis centres to be adequately and sustainably funded
• Educational programmes set up focussing on rape prevention and awareness
• Police to put measures in place to allow for better support of survivors
• The Law Commission report into pre-trial and trial processes for sexual assault victims to be reinstated immediately.
Actor Sam Bunkall, better known as Boyd off Shortland Street, said he came to the march in conjunction with the work he does with the Rape Prevention Education organisation.
He said he was in two minds about the exposure the Roast Busters gang had created for rape awareness.
“My issue is that you have these people calling for their heads and `they need to go to prison’ and it’s like, sweet, put them in prison….it doesn’t solve the problem.”
“What solves the problem is we need to look at the bigger picture and why that happened, why did Roast Busters [happen].”
“You look around at how much advertising objectifies women, the prevailing attitudes towards victim blaming and you can start to see how attitudes like this [exist].”
Fighting back against the Roast Busters
Friday 08 Nov 2013 7:00p.m.
Two young women are so concerned they’ve organised a public meeting which is underway in Auckland right now, they’ve set up a Facebook page, and they’re directing people to a petition.
They spoke with Campbell Live.
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Prime Minister John Key: bust the “Roast Busters” and show you take sexual violence seriously
Peter Marshall: Police’s handling of Roast Busters case
Police Commissioner Peter Marshall talks to Newstalk ZB’s Mike Hosking about the Roast Busters case and the investigation into the the police’s handling of the case
Roast Busters: More advertising pulled from RadioLive
Countdown is the latest advertiser to pull its adverts from RadioLive as the backlash against two of its talkback hosts’ discussions on the Roast Busters scandal continues.
The chain, which is owned by Progressive Enterprises, said it did not condone the comments made on Willie Jackson and John Tamihere afternoon show.
“We have now had the opportunity to review our advertising activity, and have withdrawn advertising from this radio station,” a spokesman said today.
The move comes after ANZ and Yellow announced yesterday they were pulling their ads from the station. Freeview said it would make sure its campaigns did not air during the Willie and JT Show and AA Insurance has indicated it will do the same.
New Zealand teen sex ring ‘Roast Busters‘ name and shame victims http://fb.me/6jj1UdYec
New Zealand teen sex ring ‘Roast Busters’ name and shame victims
Roast Busters: Companies pull ads from RadioLive
At least four companies are pulling advertisements from RadioLive in further fallout over two of its talkback hosts’ discussions on the Roast Busters scandal.
Willie Jackson and John Tamihere have been criticised over the way they interviewed an 18-year-old girl who said she was friends of one of the gang’s victims on Tuesday.
Now it has emerged that a number of advertisers have withdrawn their support of the show and RadioLive while the pair remains on air.
ANZ, Yellow and Freeview have confirmed they are cancelling their ads on the show, and AA Insurance has indicated the same.
It came after blogger Giovanni Tiso contacted around 30 companies which advertised on the Willie and JT Show yesterday, asking them if they would reconsider their support of the programme.
Blogger accuses police of censorship
A blogger is alleging police censorship after his parody of the Roast Busters investigation led to an apparent threat of imprisonment or a fine.
Daily Blog editor Martyn Bradbury said he received an email from police asking him to remove the parody of a police recruitment poster within six hours of him posting it on the site this morning.
The parody poster, which included the police coat of arms and website address, said: “For two years we’ve known a group of boys have been raping underage girls and posting about them online … we’ve sent them all recruitment packs.”
It also parodied the police recruitment slogan, saying: “Get some better rape stories. You can rape as much as you like and we will just say there isn’t enough evidence to convict you.”
Police public affairs staff member Campbell Moore emailed Bradbury this afternoon to inform him the post was “potentially in breach of the Policing Act 2008”.
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Independent inquiry into Roast Busters sex case
Police Minister Anne Tolley has ordered an independent investigation into the police handling of the Roast Busters sex case, saying she is disappointed. Four girls have come forward over incidents involving the Roast Busters group, police confirmed today after earlier saying there had been no formal complaints. Three girls came forward in 2011 and one girl came forward in 2012, police said today. Of the four, one girl had gone through the process of making her complaint formal, where an official statement was made by way of an evidential video interview. The girls were aged between 13 and 15, police said today.
NZ police told a 13-year-old girl who was gang-raped by the despicable “Roast Busters” that she was asking for it. http://bit.ly/1hMImZt
Police have claimed, repeatedly, that they can’t do anything about the group because none of the victims have filed a formal complaint. That’s a lie. Two separate 13-year-old girls, among the Roast Busters’ first victims, filed complaints with police two fucking years ago.
“I had a video interview where I had to act out what had happened with dolls […] It was traumatising.” But, apparently, it wasn’t enough. She said she felt like it was her word against the Roast Busters’. “They said that I didn’t have enough evidence to show, because I went out in clothes that was pretty much asking for it. […] I was asked a lot of questions about what I was wearing, and I went out in a skirt. “If it was me, it could be any of my friends. I knew it would carry on ,” she says. “I can’t believe nothing was done then. From then I have had my friends sexually abused by them. How many girls have been raped? I have seen posts done by girls saying Roast Busters ruined their lives […] They’ve gotten away with so much.”
Making a 13-year-old reenact her rape with dolls on video, and then telling her she was asking for it. Great policing. Really tops. The victim who spoke to 3News says she received an apology via Facebook from one of her attackers, Joseph Parker (the best place to make the most sincere Whoopsie-daisy Sorry About That Rape apologies), who, on the heels of saying he was sorry about all that rape that going to the police would just make it worse. The girl says she will re-file a complaint with police today. The cops, who until like 24 hours ago were swearing up and down that no girls had filed complaints, said that actually yeah, they were “thoroughly investigating” the two complaints from 2011 but that they didn’t have enough evidence to file any charges. They also say they’re investigating the whole “you were kinda asking for it” thing to which one of the victims was subjected.
Radio hosts apologise over interview
Roast Busters victim asked to ‘re-enact’ alleged rape
Ever since 3 News broke the story of the west Auckland Roast Busters, police have maintained they couldn’t prosecute the underage sex gang until they received a complaint from a victim.
Tonight it can be revealed the police did receive a complaint from one girl – two years ago.
The girl, now 15, says she felt it was her word against the Roast Busters and no charges were laid.
“This is my chance to say something. I couldn’t do anything two years ago. I want to do something now,” she told 3 News, in the presence of her mother and sister.
She wanted to be identified, but for legal reasons she is unable to be shown or named. She says she was sexually assaulted by the Roast Busters when she was 13. …
She believes she was one of the first victims. Afterwards, she blamed herself. She stopped eating and it took weeks to tell her family.
They immediately took her to the police, where she says she laid a complaint. Her brother handed over the boys’ names and addresses to the detective.
“I had a video interview where I had to act out what had happened with dolls […] It was traumatising.”
But, apparently, it wasn’t enough. She said she felt like it was her word against the Roast Busters’.
“They said that I didn’t have enough evidence to show, because I went out in clothes that was pretty much asking for it. […] I was asked a lot of questions about what I was wearing, and I went out in a skirt.
Roast Busters: Police warn vigilantes
Police are warning anyone against taking vigilante action against the Roast Busters – a group of Auckland teens who boast of having group sex with drunk girls and then name their victims online.
Police are also “strongly refuting” their investigations into the group have been affected because one of the group is the son of an officer.
“Police take any allegations of criminal offending by any of its officers or their families extremely seriously… police will not hesitate to thoroughly investigate staff facing allegations of a criminal nature and will put them before the court if there is a case to answer,” Waitemata police district commander Superintendent Bill Searle said today.
The alleged offences happened two years ago but were only made public this week after local media came across a Facebook site, which named and “slut-shamed” girls the boys had allegedly attacked.
What Roast Busters has taught us and why Radio Live! is making it worse
By Martyn Bradbury / November 6, 2013 /
What Roast Busters has taught us and why Radio Live! is making it worse – See more at: http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/11/06/what-roast-busters-has-taught-us-and-why-radio-live-is-making-it-worse/#sthash.iqEqiiFF.dpuf …
Monday, 4 November 2013
Volunteer. Work on help lines. Or just be a strong and vocal voice for justice so that people see you as a safe refuge or support when they need it. Advocate for friends who need a voice. Speak for those still too traumatised to speak. Hold your friend’s hand when they decide they are brave enough to speak up, or pursue justice.
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New Zealand police investigate ‘rape club’ that gang rapes and films girls as young as 13
The Aucklanders calling themselves Roast Busters are allegedly getting girls black-out drunk and then filming them being sexually violated and uploading that video to Facebook to boast their accomplishments.
By Nina Golgowski / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Monday, November 4, 2013, 2:16 PM
Online tormentor loses job
One of the young men at the centre of the “Roast Busters” sex scandal has been sacked for his “despicable behaviour”, as police come under growing pressure to take action. Joseph Levall Parker, son of Hollywood actor Anthony Ray Parker, was fired from his job in an Auckland real estate office amid the outcry over the group’s online boasts.
@Garner_Live gets an update from @nzpolice Superintendent Bill Searle on the latest on the Roast Busters case http://www.radiolive.co.nz/Superintendent-in-charge-of-Roast-Busters-case-gives-an-update/tabid/506/articleID/38785/Default.aspx …
We saw a lot of questions, so we’ve explained the details of the “Roast Busters” case. http://thewireless.co.nz/blogs/static/the-rundown-on-roast-busters …
Police Minister to Roast Busters‘ victims: Have ‘courage to come forward': Police Minister Anne Tolley says wi… http://bit.ly/19wtdYT
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“RoastBusters” investigation – update
Tuesday, 5 November 2013, 1:53 pm Press Release: New Zealand Police“RoastBusters” investigation – update 5 November 2013 – Waitematā Police District Commander Superintendent Bill Searle strongly refutes any suggestion that an inquiry into a group calling themselves the “RoastBusters” was affected by the involvement of a Police Officer’s son. “NZ Police take any allegations of criminal offending by any of it’s officers or their families extremely seriously and recent cases have highlighted that Police will not hesitate to thoroughly investigate staff facing allegations of a criminal nature and will put them before the court if there is a case to answer.” The investigation into the group’s actions continues. Two of the young men spoke with Police yesterday afternoon and that information is now being assessed by the enquiry team. A Senior Detective who is independent from the investigation has been brought in from outside the Waitemata District to provide extra support.
Facebook shuts down Roast Busters group page
A New Zealand Facebook group that regularly boasts about non-consensual sex with young women has been revealed, and shut down.
Thanks to reporting of the issue from a New Zealand news service, Facebook has shut down the page of a group posting videos boasting of under-age sexual conquests.
Facebook teen sex shaming exposed
A group of young men have been uncovered using Facebook to recruit for group sex sessions with girls. Read the article >
New Zealand police probe claims of online ‘rape club’ Police are investigating a gang of young males who boasted online about stupefying underage girls with alcohol then having group sex with them. http://www.digitalone.com.sg/news/article/27612 —
— The New Zealand Herald
Police interview Roast Busters
By Rebecca Quilliam , Audrey Young @audreyNZH 5:44 PM Monday Nov 4, 2013 Do you have more information? Email us here. Police were interviewing two men in relation to the “Roast Busters” facebook page this afternoon. Detective Bruce Scott from Waitemata police told APNZ one of the men had voluntarily gone to a police station this afternoon. He had previously refused to co-operate with police investigating the group, Mr Scott said. Another man who had previously spoken to police was also being re-interviewed today. “We wanted to talk to him and he was happy to talk to us.” Mr Scott said the case had been “vigorously investigated” by a officers from the child protection team, and he didn’t think there was any more police could have done to bring a case. “We continue to look for evidence that will assist us in determining whether there has been any criminal offending and then once we’ve got this evidence we can make a determination on what our next move is.” Mr Scott said the Roast Busters facebook page had been left open for “operational and tactical reasons”. … He said police needed to be careful not to re-victimise the girls by pressuring them into making a statement. “We continue to talk with girls involved in the group. The difficulty is that we don’t want to re-victimise the girls, some of them don’t wish to engage with us and we can’t push them to talk to the police.” He said there were several reasons why the girls may not want to make formal statements. “They’re fearful of the process, they’re worried about their peer group, they’re traumatised by what’s happened to them and it affects them talking.” For more, click on: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11151264 — The New Zealand Herald
Apology over ‘Roast Busters’ activity
By Rebecca Quilliam 10:13 AM Monday Nov 4, 201 Do you have more information? Email us here. One of the founders of a group calling themselves the Roast Busters has apparently apologised online for his involvement in the group, whose members claim to have had sex with intoxicated underage girls and then named and shamed them on a social network website. Online comments have mostly condemned the group’s activities, but some were supporting the Aucklanders, aged between 17 and 18. The Facebook page created by the group was exposed by 3News last night, and the page has since been taken offline. Police have said the group had been operating since 2011, but as none of the girls had made a formal complaint about the behaviour of the young men, they were unable to lay any charges against them. For the full article, click on: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11151135 — 3News
‘Roast Busters’ sons of high-profile entertainer, cop
More details about a group of young Auckland boys called the ‘Roast Busters’, who’ve been luring girls into underage group sex and boasting about it online, can now be revealed.
One boy being questioned by police is the son of a celebrity with an international profile, while the other is the son of an Auckland police officer.
One girl, who is choosing to remain anonymous, says the Roast Busters stole her soul.
“They don’t understand how I feel inside; they don’t understand how this has hurt me,” she says.
Police say the girl is one of a number of drunk, underage victims they’ve interviewed about being exploited by the Roast Busters.
The family of former Roast Buster Joseph Levall Parker has told us he left the six-member group mid-year, while several others have also bowed out.
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