Ken Clearwater asks MPs to acknowledge male rape victims

“We have a chance here to get it right… In the case that the perpetrator is a woman, the survivor may be mocked or feel ashamed that a woman overpowered him.”

He said it’s not about “minimising the situation women and girls are enduring right now”, and said there is often “hostility” when the topic is brought up because “there is the assumption that the speaker is choosing sides”. 

He added, “This isn’t a game. There are no sides… I am here to ensure all victims, regardless of gender, get the proper services and support they deserve through our justice system.”

Clearwater said he’s concerned that male sexual abuse survivors are still not being taken seriously in New Zealand and that they are often overlooked when statistics show women are more often victims than men. 

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