Documentary Exposes Harm of Anti-Smacking Law

The DVD “My Mummy’s A Criminal” has just been released and is a must-watch documentary for every NZ parent and grandparent.

“The politicians entered every family home in 2007 with an attitude of ‘we know better than you’ and removed the right of good Kiwi parents to raise their children as they see fit in a reasonable and non-abusive way,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ.

“My Mummy’s A Criminal highlights five families who have been criminalised as a result of the anti-smacking law, in direct contradiction to the claims, promises and reassurances made by the Prime Minister, psychologist Nigel Latta, police and Child Youth and Family.”

Quotes from the documentary include
“The couple on trial were good decent parents…I was embarrassed to be a NZ’er” – Head Juror
“I’m a housewife, I’m a mum, and they made me feel like NZ’s most wanted.”
“Our family has been ripped apart because of the anti-smacking law.”
“The only abuse that’s happened to our kids has been having to go through this process.”

The documentary includes interviews with the head juror of one of the cases which lasted two weeks in court (with a full acquittal), and the older daughter of a solo dad who says that her younger sister used the anti-smacking law to ‘get’ her dad.

A Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Law at Auckland University explains the meaning of ‘criminalisation’, and warns parents that any smacking could land them in trouble with the police or CYF. And a prominent Wellington lawyer argues that the ‘net’ has been cast too wide and the anti-smacking law is penalising good families.

Previewers of the documentary say
“This documentary is shocking and disturbing.”
“This is a wake-up call to NZ parents about the danger of the anti-smacking law to good parents.”­
“Every kiwi parent needs to watch this.” 

“We would encourage every NZ’er to view this documentary and judge for themselves whether the anti-smacking law is damaging to good families and is a distraction from tackling actual child abuse,” says Mr McCoskrie.
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