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Outrage as churches and sports groups excluded in child abuse inquiry

The New Zealand government will not be including churches and sporting groups in their national inquiry on child abuse.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says it is because the inquiry is based around child abuse in state care, and that non-governmental community groups should be looking into it themselves.

Ardern says the government need to hold themselves accountable when it comes to abuse in state care, particularly with the Ministry for Children. She claims this is the reason churches and sporting groups are not included in the inquiry, although it isn’t her direct responsibility.

Minister for Children, Tracey Martin, was the one who decided to exclude non-governmental groups in the inquiry.

Activists have called on the government to include churches, homeschools, sports clubs, and charities with petitions flooding the internet.

There are no child abuse statistics for churches in New Zealand, but an inquiry by the Australian Royal Commission show that there have been 4,445 complaints to the Catholic Church between 1980 to 2015.

The statistics also indicate that survivors wait 33 years, on average, to report it. Shockingly, 60% of reported child abuse occurred in faith-based institutions.

Without featuring churches and community groups in the forefront of their inquiry, the government could potentially be missing out on thousands of child abuse cases.

Martin says priority lies with ensuring the 5,600 children in state care are respected and cared for.

Details of the inquiry were released before February 3rd, thus compliant with the new Labour government’s 100 day plan.

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