Sex attacks increase but overall crime down

NZ Herald 3 April 2012
Sexual assaults have risen 15 per cent in a year – and at schools they’ve doubled. The crime statistics for 2011, released yesterday, show rapes and other sex offences bucking the downward trend in crime. Principals and a rape prevention educator bemoan the lack of resources around the issue, saying it can be missed amid the greater focus on bullying and family violence….. In Statistics NZ’s breakdown of the sexual assaults by “scene”, the vast majority were in homes. Smaller numbers were recorded at public places, shops, hospitals and others. Sex offences at schools or other educational institutions rose from 61 to 122. Secondary Principals Association head Patrick Walsh said the age at which children were committing sex crimes was dropping. Schools could not be left on their own to deal with such issues, he said. “Young students who commit sexual assault aren’t created in the school environment. They often come from homes that are dysfunctional and they learn the deviant sexual behaviour in the home context.”