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ACC hikoi in Wellington, 19th October 2009

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Today at 12.30pm, about 200 people gathered at the Cenotaph in Lambton Quay, Wellington to protest the proposed changes to the legislation governing ACC's treatment of sexual abuse survivors. People rallied in front of parliament. Labour opposition leader Phil Goff and Green party MP Cath Delahunty addressed the crowds at Parliament grounds, and were well-covered by the assorted mainstream media present. Protestors left messages chalked in front of parliament building. The march then continued back down Molesworth Street to the Cenotaph again, where messages of support for abuse survivors were given.

“All New Zealanders know someone who is affected by sexual abuse and assault. ACC should be supporting them, not abandoning survivors when they need help most”, said spokesperson Felicity Perry, “Having to be diagnosed with a mental illness in order to receive treatment will further traumatize abuse survivors”.

At the ACC offices in Molesworth Street, ACC made no corresponding acknowledgement of the validity of the protestors' demands. Post-it notes and chalk messages were left on the street-face of the building to explicate the positions of abuse survivors in the crowd.

The march then continued back down Molesworth Street to the Cenotaph again, where final messages of support for abuse survivors were given, and the collective crowd disbanded.

 

sign the petition:

www.petitiononline.com/ACC0909/petition.html

 

Write to Peter Jansen (Senior Advisor for ACC)

Peter.Jansen@acc.co.nz

 

Write to Nick Smith (Minister for ACC)

Nick.Smith@national.org.nz

Fax: (04) 817 6505 Call: (04) 817 6805

 

More campaign info at :

 

www.notoacc.blogspot.com

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