Anti-Smacking Law Tragic Failure as Child Abuse Death Rate Continues

Family First NZ says that the announcement of the death of three-year-old Auckland toddler Dylan Rimoni being treated as a homicide means that the rate of child abuse deaths has continued at the same rate as before the flawed anti-smacking law.

“While good families are being investigated and thrown under suspicion because of the extremist anti-smacking law pushed by the Prime Minister and Sue Bradford, child abuse has continued at the same rate and the same old underlying issues of drug and alcohol abuse and family breakdown and dysfunction continue to be ignored,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ.

“Before Bradford’s anti-smacking law was passed, there were an average of 7 child abuse deaths per year since 2000. Since the law change less than a year ago, there has already been another seven.”
They include:

  • Remuera 16 month old Sachin Dhani June 2007
  • a 28-year-old woman charged with murdering a newborn baby found dead in the backyard of a Te Mome Road property in Alicetown June 2007
  • Tokoroa 22-month-old Tyla-Maree Darryl Flynn June 2007
  • Rotorua 3 year old Nia Glassie July 2007
  • Manurewa ten-month-old Jyniah Mary Te Awa September 2007
  • Otahuhu two-month-old Tahani Mahomed December 2007

They don’t include Wanganui toddler Jhia Te Tua shot dead in an alleged gang-related drive-by shooting in the month the bill was passed (May 2007)

“Opponents to Bradford’s anti-smacking law, which included many Plunket, CYF and Barnardos frontline social workers, have been proved right. The law has done nothing to protect at-risk children or to strengthen at-risk families. It has simply made victims of good parents raising good kids.”

“That’s why the petition demanding a referendum which only required 285,000 signatures was presented last month with over 330,000 signatures. NZ’ers are sick of our leaders “fluffing” around the real issues of child abuse,” says Mr McCoskrie.


2 responses to “Anti-Smacking Law Tragic Failure as Child Abuse Death Rate Continues”

  1. Lisa Roberts Avatar
    Lisa Roberts

    I cannot understand why the horrendous child abuse record in NZ is being blurred by the abortion issue. looking at the statistics it seems that the terminated ones are the lucky ones who have had mothers responsible enough not to bring them into such a society where child abuse is endemic and sadly unaddressed. the anti smacking laws do not have a chance against factions of society who clearly have no respect for themselves and others and are leading very basic violent lives. get a grip NZ, take the bull by the horns and tackle the issue, instead of falling over yourselves to be politically correct….as you are doing this your children are being tortured and killed under your noses at an alarming rate.

  2. Abortion is child abuse. Each one of those babies has been murdered by their mothers. Yes, the child abuse figures are horrendous. The abortion figures are totally horrendous. We don’t have the figures of those children abused throughout the year but we know that it is high. About 12 children are murdered a year while about 18,000 are murdered in the womb. All these (Abortion, child abuse and murder) need to be tackled urgently. The aborted babies are not the “lucky ones”. They had no chance at life.

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