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Rapist cops found not guilty - but Schollum and Shipton are convicted rapists!

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Update: The three rapist cops were found not guilty by the jury. However, suppression orders related to a previous conviction for Schollum and Shipton have finally been lifted. They were convicted in 2005 of the rape of a woman in Mt Maunganui 16 years earlier and are currently serving jail sentences. [ More ]

Louise Nicholas, who took the three men to court on rape charges last year, was in the court for the verdicts this afternoon. She was there in support for the complainant, who has name suppression, she said. Asked what she thought of verdict she said: "We did our best. We did our best. We did our very best. The justice system has let us down again".

Clint Rickards, Bob Schollum and Brad Shipton were on on trial for raping a 16 year old girl with a bottle in the 1980s. All three were police officers at the time of the attack.

This woman is not the only woman who was raped by these men. Last year these three men were all charged with many counts of rape on Louise Nicholas. The jury eventually found the men 'not guilty', but in the media it was Louise Nicholas's behaviour rather than the defendants, that was put on trial. The injustice of this case was so blatant that many New Zealanders broke suppression orders by giving out leaflets or forwarding e-mails that contained information that was not available to the jury. Those suppression orders are still in place and make it difficult to discuss the injustices of the trial last year.

What is clear is that these three men, and many other police officers, used their power to rape women and girls. The young women they abused had no-one they could turn to for help. Many people knew of this abuse while it was going on, but did nothing. While convictions for a small number of these police officers is a step forward, we have a much larger problem ahead of us. Every system that allowed these men to rape with impunity for a decade is still in place. Police power and a misogynist rape culture mean that this could happen again, and probably is.


Rapist cops found not guily - but Schollum and Shipton are convicted rapists!

More Information
The Peter Ellis website is the most complete archive of the case. It has copies of most press articles about the case. While the website appears to come from a view point that most allegations of sexual assault are false, the information this website contains is very useful.

There have been several previous indymedia articles about thise case:
Police Rape Verdict is a Crime
Louise Nicholas - we believe you
New Charges Vindicate Louise Nicholas
Scumbag cops going back to court for another rape
Christchurch activists found guilty of breaching suppression orders

Other sources of information include Aotearoa Cafe, which had a discussion thread on the subject. Capitalism Bad; Tree Pretty has extensive discussion including a summary of the previous case.

Rapist cops found not guily - but Schollum and Shipton are convicted rapists!

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These police rapists have just been found not guilty! Womyn and supporters need to take to the streets! How many times will these men continue to get away with this? There needs to be actions in all the main cities. I suggest that if people are organising anything that they post it here.

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Womyn and supporters need to take to the streets!

No,, this is take up arms and dish out justice to police and lowlife scumbag 'judges", or enjoy more rapes.

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grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!

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Kia Kaha Clint, Once again you have been cleared. Maybe now the men haters might find someone else to target, But I doubt it..

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yeah ignore the moron. he obviously is already hated by womyn anyway.

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again!! fuckers.

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Either they are guilty, or there a conspiracy among women to accuse these three of rape. It should be obvious what the answer is...

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There will be no justice until these rapist fucks are locked up for the rest of their lives.

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Again. the New Zealand Court system and the Judiciary have let the decent men and women of NZ down.A shame in the judge that insisted in repeating "find not guilty" to the jury.The jury who prefer to hide their heads in the sand, the media, especially TVNZ who stated support in their Breakfast show.SHAME in ALL of YOU!!
To you New Zealanders, get up and see who is screwing you daily.
To the Police, my respect that for first time I have seen you going all the way to secure a conviction You know that they were Guilty.I hope that now you can let them go from the force, and in the future you DO not keep Cops in Full pay while they are charged and in the courts.Its the taxpayers money,ummh.
Dont forget. the three rapist have been shown plenty and their faces are now known well. Girls and Boys keep well away from cops at Night!!
A shameful Day in NZ history!!

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FIRED THEM NOW

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More like fire at them now!

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If u are in Christchurch you can vent your disgust and anger by meeting in solidarity with The Justice For Rape Survivors gathering at the Courthouse. 9am..
jo

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Will there be anything happening in Wellington?

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I hear there's a vigil outside the high court at 5:30pm. Am waiting on more details.

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If anyone in Auckland is organising something or is keen to be part of organising something email me at lyndaboyd_1999@yahoo.com

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Wellington: 5.30pm today (Friday 2 March) outside the High Court (Molesworth St, Opposite parliament).
See
http://indymedia.org.nz/newswire/display/72655/index.php

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PINK COLLAR WORKERS MARCH AGAINST POLICE RAPE

When: International Womens Day Thur 8th March 7pm assemble AOTEA SQUARE

contact Julia 02102445635/Ruth 0212530118

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& to think that these are the sort of people that are allowed to use tasers on us.

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This is really upsetting. My heart goes out to the victims of these power hungry bastards.

Smash the state. Smash capitalism. No more police brutality and rape.

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hey if you read the Sunday Star Times you can see that Clint is not a bad dude at all. Family man,workingclass upbringing, spirited, sporty,heaps of mana, works hard, plays hard, gets shit done, bit of a lad in his youth, (but as Michael Laws says, who wasn't *)put away several 'bad people',all round kiwi bloke. Why don't you spotty faced smelly undied weedy lentil steamers get off his case?

* apart from chicks who don't count sorry.

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Like everyone else, I'm disgusted by the outcome of this trial. But I'm also disgusted by the media coverage of the trials. The Sunday Star-Times runs an up-close-and-personal interview with Rickards and some appalling editorals, and the NZ Herald does a better job of reporting the details but also runs a ridiculous article on whether group sex is on the rise in NZ!? Where is the discussion that WE NEED of the distinction between consensual sex and rape? This is the distinction that the whole case turned on, and it's the distinction that makes so many rape trials end in acquittal of the accused. If we want our laws to protect women (and men) against rape, we need to find a MUCH better way of making this distinction in law.

In the wake of all this, I've been trying to find out what the legal definition of rape is in NZ, and what constitutes consent. Does anyone know? Or know where I can find out?! I've been googling my brains out for an hour trying to find information on date rape, rape legislation, consent, etc. and the best I could find was this recommendation in 2004 to expand the definition of rape. http://www.nz-lawsoc.org.nz/general/submissions/CrimesAmend(No2).htm

But I can't even seem to find out where this recommendation went! If anyone has some insight here, please share it.

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Yes all men are rapists of course and we must all put up with the Women's Refuge with their abusive behavior in the streets.

STOP THE FORCED DRUGGING AND COERCION OF WOMEN BY THE WOMENS REFUGE and their agency WEAV!

SAVE OUR SUPPLEMENTS!

For WEAV and those badmouthing me to the public with your own incompetance at answering a phone call in regard to the suitability of your anger mangement courses in which in fact are extremely poor! You have no right to call anyone on my behalf you abused my rights to privacy and accessed my personal information without my permission.

Stop ridculing my relationship with my mother and your ridculous accusations at me of domestic violence I have no interest in your services or telling the public to tell me to take your drugs if I am in my mothers company. That is none of your business. Stop annoying my neighbours and minding my business I am not associated with you or your criminal harrassment!

Claire

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In order to celebrate International Womens Day it is important to remember that women have a right to not to be abused and had on by the likes of the Womens Refuge who have attempted to abuse me publicly with no accountablity for their extremely nasty and bad behaviors and the ridcule of me and my family by attempting to interfare in my private affairs. I dont need nannies cut the bullshit! I am not sick you are coercing me! Intimidation is not a mental illness!

Stop your attempts to mind my family business and go home to your ratholes!
It is a womens right to choose her own healthcare not drug addiction or tranquillzers especially when the use of psychological abuse of women is so stereotypical of the the refuge in order to force women to take drugs. I am not your victim you are interferring with my access to shops, cafes and my computer repairs wtih your interference in my private business.

My home is not a womens refuge or a mental health centre stop your abuse of my privacy!

Claire

STOP FORCED DRUGGING NZ

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Christchurch.
15.5.2007

Dear IMC

in or around the years 1989 -1990 ( possibly 1991) my wife recalls being raped in Sunnyside Hospital (now called Hillmorton) located in Christchurch. She is not the author of this letter as the events are too traumatic for her to talk about.

What I remember is this; she was a patient in Ferguson one ward at the time. I distinctly remember, the ward and it's position on the grounds. One day in either 1989 or possibly 1990 I arrived to visit her at that ward. The kiosk is situated in the middle of the main corridor of that ward. Upon approaching the nursing station or kiosk I was confronted by my wife. She said this to me: 'I was raped last night and I'm putting in a complaint'.

She was in an agitated and upset mood. She had a dressing gown on. At a guess the time may have been somewhere between 1 -1.30pm. This is speculation, but the time I usually visited each day. The time, place, and circumstances are stated as precisely as is possible.

Immediately after she said she was raped I suggested we get an independent doctor to carry out an medical examination. However, this idea was not followed through.

From memory, nothing further happened after we discussed a medical examination. Years later, my wife relayed to me in more detail the circumstances of the alleged rape. She claimed a Maori psychiatric nurse had taken her into a room, held a cloth or towel over her face, then proceeded to rape her. This exact story was repeated by her to me on a number of occasions, but has become reluctant to talk about it since.

Regards

(contact e-mail is germanideology@hotmail.com )

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