1 Nov 2014

Consent discussion needed - specialists

9:21 pm on 1 November 2014

Mental health specialists say a nation-wide discussion on sexual consent is needed, in the wake of a police investigation not resulting in charges for teenagers involved in a sex-ring.

Acting Deputy Commissioner Grant Nicholls,Detective Inspector Karyn Malthus and Detective Superintendent Andy Lovelock at a media conference yesterday.

Acting Deputy Commissioner Grant Nicholls, Detective Inspector Karyn Malthus and Detective Superintendent Andy Lovelock at a media conference about the sex ring. Photo: RNZ / Kim Baker Wilson

After a year-long investigation, the police decided not to lay charges against a group of young men in Auckland who boasted online of having sex with intoxicated young girls.

Mental Health Foundation chief executive Judi Clement said discussions and education about consent was needed for society to have the same understanding of its meaning.

She said an examination of the justice system was also needed because the current process often re-victimises sexual abuse victims.

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