The New Zealand Police take sexual violence very seriously, and so we are disturbed by reports of a gang of young Auckland men stupefying and raping girls and young women.
We are also very disappointed with these young men for naming their alleged victims on social media sites.
It is not okay to rape someone, and in the ideal world we would like to see a lot less raping. But we also have to be realistic, and we need to acknowledge that boys will be boys. That does not mean that the New Zealand Police condone the alleged behaviour of the young men involved in this gang. On the contrary, their behaviour is very discouraging.
There is never any excuse for this sort of thing. We will take a hardline approach towards anyone we think may be involved in this rape group. Where necessary we will issue formal warnings to the individuals involved, and as a last resort we may even arrest someone.
Officers investigating this matter have now spoken to the young men involved, and have urged them to put a stop to their raping.
To those young men who may be thinking of raping someone, we urge you to use good sense and judgement, and to consider possible alternatives. Consider the possibility of undertaking a proper and respectful courtship with your subject over time, followed by the consummation of a fully consensual sexual relationship at the right place and time.
As an alternative, prospective rapists should consider speaking to a counsellor or support person, in order to get the help they need to make the right decisions.
But if a sudden stop to raping should prove too much for these young men, we urge them to at least consider a reduction in their rape rate.
Rape is a terrible crime, and the trauma suffered by those involved can be overwhelming. That is why we are hopeful that the young men concerned can be discouraged from engaging in further rape activity, and that these rapists of girls and young women can over time become valuable and contributing members of our community, uncrippled by the trauma of guilt. To have a child caught up in a rape must be every parent’s nightmare, and our sympathies go out to the families of these young men.
In conclusion, the New Zealand Police would like to see an end to this business. We urge the young men involved to stop raping so many people.