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Speaker: My Story

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  • Russell Brown,

    Thanks for your courage and composure in saying this.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22850 posts Report

  • Russell Brown,

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22850 posts Report

  • Rosemary McDonald,

    From "Hadassah Grace Writes Words and Stuff"...Russell's link.


    For fuck’s sake vote this motherfucker out in 2017.


    Waikato, or on the road • Since Apr 2014 • 1346 posts Report

  • James Littlewood*,

    And yet the only thing I feel for the men who hurt me is pity.

    Amen. I relate to this most powerful ethos. I am going to have to work really, really hard to extend the same ethos to the people who are causing the pain right now.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2008 • 410 posts Report

  • Brent Jackson,

    Thank you. I really appreciate your giving me this opportunity to read, and better understand, your view of the world.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 620 posts Report

  • simon g,

    Thank you, Claudia.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1333 posts Report

  • WaterDragon,

    Yes, Caudia yes. Those of us who have shared this cruddy experience with you salute you. This was/is a great piece, that speaks truth to power. I would like to hope that the politicians who care so much about power that they are willing to be so evisceratingly ugly in thought and word- that they will at the very least apologise. But that's a faint and fading hope: John Key and David Carter and their fellow-travellers care nowt for ethics I fear. So in lieu of hope, I'm reminding people of the words of the Spooky Men's Chorus, to "Vote the Bastards Out"

    Behind you • Since Jul 2011 • 79 posts Report

  • Euan Mason,

    Well said, Claudia.

    John Key will have consulted his pollster and his spin advisors and he will have been told that his gross, appalling outburst in parliament would win him votes. He doesn't give a fuck about who he hurts so long as he wins votes.

    David Carter's reputation has plummeted over this fiasco.

    JK's outburst and the Speaker's response are sickening, but ripostes like yours help to restore our faith in humanity.

    Canterbury • Since Jul 2008 • 259 posts Report

  • Anke Richter,

    Thank you, Claudia.

    Lyttelton • Since May 2007 • 25 posts Report

  • Deborah,

    Thank you, Claudia.

    New Lynn • Since Nov 2006 • 1447 posts Report

  • Lilith __,

    Thank you, Claudia.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3895 posts Report

  • Kim Wilson,

    Thank you, Claudia.

    Nth Canty • Since Dec 2006 • 28 posts Report

  • Bart Janssen,

    Thank you Claudia.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4461 posts Report

  • Bruce Hopkins,

    a powerful read Claudia, thankyou

    New Zealand • Since Oct 2013 • 6 posts Report

  • Maxine Campbell,

    Thank-you, Claudia

    Hamilton • Since Dec 2006 • 10 posts Report

  • Jackie Clark,

    Nga mihinui, Claudia.
    Thank you.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3136 posts Report

  • JessicaRose,

    Thank you for sharing your story. The words of the PM and subsequent actions in parliament reinforce the actuality of 'rape culture' in NZ. The prevailing views of the people in power are not aligned with equality nor challenging the victim blaming belief system. This is the same country where people like Tony Veitch are still employed, roastbusters are not charged, and our PM can finger a waitress in public, without her consent, and remain in parliament.
    It is pretty awful.

    Auckland • Since Sep 2011 • 61 posts Report

  • Deep Blue,

    Claudia, thank you, and well said.

    Te Awamutu • Since Sep 2014 • 12 posts Report

  • hamishm,

    Thanks Claudia.

    Since Nov 2006 • 357 posts Report

  • Russell Brown,


    Nice one, Jackie Blue.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22850 posts Report

  • Donna Miles-Mojab,

    Claudia, thank you.
    You have spoken your words with such an amazing grace and courage . You have given a clear expression to our deep sense of hurt and disappointment at John Key's trivialisation of sexual assault against women. Kia kaha Claudia.

    Christchurch • Since Sep 2015 • 5 posts Report

  • Sue,

    Thank you so much claudia
    our stories, they are so incredibly painful to tell, i want to live in a world where we don't need to tell them, where our male political leaders act like american frat boys

    So thank you so much for your strength and for sharing

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 527 posts Report

  • Kumara Republic, in reply to Sue,

    where our male political leaders act like american frat boys

    One of them basically got off scot-free in the Maryville rape trial, courtesy of his grand-daddy being on the state judiciary. And to rub salt in the wounds, he was unrepentant on Twitter: "she wants the D".

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5446 posts Report

  • Rebecca Williams,

    Thank you Claudia. My face hurts holding in tears.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2007 • 120 posts Report

  • Hebe,

    Thank you Claudia.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2899 posts Report

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