There’s an old saying in New Zealand: whenever the All Blacks lose be prepared for a spike in domestic violence.
There’ll be many a family on tenterhooks this weekend as New Zealand meets Australia in the 2015 Rugby World Cup final.
New Zealand is often slammed for having a culture of brutality, but it now has the highest reported rate of intimate partner violence in the developed world.
Police undertook more than 100,000 investigations into domestic abuse last year. In 2013 children were present at 63 per cent of the callouts police attended.
Yet, it’s estimated that 90 per cent of family violence goes unreported…
The Tony Veitch saga last week was a case in point. If you missed it let me avail you of the short version.
The sports commentator decided to post a moronic comment during the All Blacks vs France match saying that he “didn’t get” the difference between “a punch” and “a fist to the face”.
I say “moronic” because, unless you’ve been living in a cave, you’d know that Veitch was convicted in 2009 of injuring his former partner with reckless disregard after pleading guilty. In fact, he broke her back.
So while his online tittering on Facebook may simply have been a poor choice of words, he was inundated with messages from all and sundry about what an awful human being he is. Hard to disagree…source
It’s not hard to see the association between New Zealand’s obsession with rugby and its domestic violence problem.
Want an example? These are some of the insults that were hurled at women who took offence at Veitch’s comments.
Veitch’s “army” of male supporters on Facebook…
“told the female commenters just what they could do with themselves. Their ‘advice’ involved dildos, slur after slur about their physical appearance, and that they just needed a few uppercuts to the head.
At no stage, that I’m aware of, did Veitch ask his band of merry men to back off. Silence. A fairly stock-standard response to the whole awful business of the prolific beating of women in this country…”
And this is the country people emigrate to looking for an improved quality of life, somewhere for their children to grow up strong and free? Not even close. Don’t even go there. You want to be part of society that allows this to go on?
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