What If Tech Could Help Solve Sexual Assault and Harassment in Aotearoa?

By Zoë Lawton

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What If Tech Could Help Solve Sexual Assault And Harassment In Aotearoa?

Project 2024-03-11 11:16:53 +1300


What's the problem?

Three in every 10 New Zealanders experience sexual assault or harassment at some stage in their lifetimes. That's around 1.5 million of us. And yet a staggering 92% of that is never reported. That number hasn't changed in a decade, and we know it's because people feel isolated, alone, and are worried about navigating the legal process on their own. We also know that the majority of perpetrators don’t harm one person, they develop a pattern of behaviour and harm multiple people over time, one after the other. 

How can Tika help?

A new approach is needed. We know from our own work in media and law that group action works - we are stronger and more effective when our voices are heard together. So we're setting up a charity called Tika, meaning justice, fairness and truth. At the heart of Tika is a new kind of tech platform that will match people who have been harmed by the same perpetrator. If two or more people match, legal advice is provided to the group. The group then has the option of reporting to NZ Police and proceeding through the criminal justice process. The other option is the civil justice process, which includes reporting to the Human Rights Commission, taking legal action in the High Court, or mediation. Groups are provided with a lawyer from start to finish. This unique tech and legal service will be offered nationwide, for free.

Who can register with Tika?

Anyone who has experienced sexual harm as a child, teenager or adult will be able to register with Tika. Those under the age of 16 can register through their legal guardian. We know that sexual harm occurs in schools, workplaces, sport, religious organisations, in the community and online. The amount of funding we raise prior to launch will determine our initial scope which we will expand over time.

 

Help us reach our target of $100,000

We are at the start of our fundraising journey and need to raise at least $100,000 in seed funding. There is a lot of work to get Tika ready for launch, most importantly we need to build our website and tech platform so that people can register safely and securely online. 

What do you get?

In exchange for your pledge we have a bunch of great rewards and you'll feel good knowing you’re supporting people affected by sexual harm. Given the high prevalence of sexual harm in New Zealand, it’s highly likely you know someone who has been affected. 

What if we don’t reach our target?

PledgeMe is an all or nothing platform, which means we have to reach our target of $100,000 for the campaign to be successful. If we don’t reach our target, we get $0. 

What if we exceed our target?

That would be great! There are a lot of different costs involved in setting up a nationwide charity, so every dollar counts. 

Tika Co-Founders

Alison Mau is a writer, broadcaster, author and journalist. She was awarded Reporter of the Year 2021 in the Voyager Journalism Awards for her leadership in the #MeTooNZ investigative reporting project run by Stuff for five years. The judges described her stories about sexual harm as "fearless, determined pursuits that deserve the highest commendation". Alison has presented to numerous organisations on sexual harm and diversity topics, and is also a skilled MC and media and presentation coach. Learn more about Alison here.

Zoë Lawton is a legal researcher turned barrister. She undertook research for the Ministry of Justice and the Chief Victims Advisor to Government and went on to set up an online platform for people in the legal profession to share their experiences of sexual harm. She has successfully campaigned for improvements to reporting and legal processes, including changes to the Employment Relations Act. She currently provides legal advice to people who have experienced sexual harm. Learn more about Zoë here.

Stay in the loop

For updates on our progress, follow us on LinkedIn or Instagram

Questions

If you have questions about Tika or our campaign, please feel free to contact us.

Alison Mau [email protected]

Zoë Lawton [email protected]

 


 

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Pledgers 48

marilyn sainty
12/04/2024 at 12:02pm
Anonymous pledger
12/04/2024 at 8:43am
Anonymous pledger
11/04/2024 at 10:29pm

"Good luck - a great initiative."

Kirsty Campbell
11/04/2024 at 5:55pm

"Here’s to closing a significant gap in the justice system in relation to sexual harm. "

Anonymous pledger
11/04/2024 at 2:20pm
Rachael Bowie
11/04/2024 at 1:34pm
Hannah Smith
11/04/2024 at 1:13pm
Anonymous pledger
10/04/2024 at 12:47pm

"Nice work ladies! Great initiative. "

Rachel Tinkler
10/04/2024 at 10:30am
Angela
10/04/2024 at 9:50am
Steph Julian
10/04/2024 at 9:25am

"What a brilliant and much needed initiative! "

Chrissy Powlesland
10/04/2024 at 9:13am
Kim Partridge
06/04/2024 at 10:40pm

"What a great idea and a desperately needed service. Thank you."

Michelle Trusttum
03/04/2024 at 10:14am

"Love this concept. So needed."

Kathryn George
29/03/2024 at 3:00pm

"Karawhiua e ngā wāhine toa! I wholeheartedly support you with this campaign. I hope others will do the same as it's such a great initiative."

Liz Miller
28/03/2024 at 8:55pm
Anonymous pledger
28/03/2024 at 2:33pm
Briar
28/03/2024 at 12:32pm
Kate Williman
26/03/2024 at 8:20am
Anonymous pledger
25/03/2024 at 11:13pm

"Thank you for this mahi"

John Ranta
25/03/2024 at 11:13am
Hayley Ware
24/03/2024 at 10:56am
Leah Porter
21/03/2024 at 3:57pm
Arran Hunt
21/03/2024 at 9:22am

"Fantastic service, and a great pledge reward which one of my staff will love."

Cleo
20/03/2024 at 7:01pm

"Go team! Awesome initiative in a much-needed area!"

Helen Mackay
19/03/2024 at 9:43am

"This is a fantastic initiative and one we are very pleased to support at Juno Legal."

Anonymous pledger
19/03/2024 at 9:42am

"This is an awesome initiative. Thank you."

Bridget Cassie
16/03/2024 at 12:40pm
Anonymous pledger
15/03/2024 at 7:06pm
Anonymous pledger
15/03/2024 at 3:30pm

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What If Tech Could Help Solve Sexual Assault And Harassment In Aotearoa?

Project 2024-03-11 11:16:53 +1300


What's the problem?

Three in every 10 New Zealanders experience sexual assault or harassment at some stage in their lifetimes. That's around 1.5 million of us. And yet a staggering 92% of that is never reported. That number hasn't changed in a decade, and we know it's because people feel isolated, alone, and are worried about navigating the legal process on their own. We also know that the majority of perpetrators don’t harm one person, they develop a pattern of behaviour and harm multiple people over time, one after the other. 

How can Tika help?

A new approach is needed. We know from our own work in media and law that group action works - we are stronger and more effective when our voices are heard together. So we're setting up a charity called Tika, meaning justice, fairness and truth. At the heart of Tika is a new kind of tech platform that will match people who have been harmed by the same perpetrator. If two or more people match, legal advice is provided to the group. The group then has the option of reporting to NZ Police and proceeding through the criminal justice process. The other option is the civil justice process, which includes reporting to the Human Rights Commission, taking legal action in the High Court, or mediation. Groups are provided with a lawyer from start to finish. This unique tech and legal service will be offered nationwide, for free.

Who can register with Tika?

Anyone who has experienced sexual harm as a child, teenager or adult will be able to register with Tika. Those under the age of 16 can register through their legal guardian. We know that sexual harm occurs in schools, workplaces, sport, religious organisations, in the community and online. The amount of funding we raise prior to launch will determine our initial scope which we will expand over time.

 

Help us reach our target of $100,000

We are at the start of our fundraising journey and need to raise at least $100,000 in seed funding. There is a lot of work to get Tika ready for launch, most importantly we need to build our website and tech platform so that people can register safely and securely online. 

What do you get?

In exchange for your pledge we have a bunch of great rewards and you'll feel good knowing you’re supporting people affected by sexual harm. Given the high prevalence of sexual harm in New Zealand, it’s highly likely you know someone who has been affected. 

What if we don’t reach our target?

PledgeMe is an all or nothing platform, which means we have to reach our target of $100,000 for the campaign to be successful. If we don’t reach our target, we get $0. 

What if we exceed our target?

That would be great! There are a lot of different costs involved in setting up a nationwide charity, so every dollar counts. 

Tika Co-Founders

Alison Mau is a writer, broadcaster, author and journalist. She was awarded Reporter of the Year 2021 in the Voyager Journalism Awards for her leadership in the #MeTooNZ investigative reporting project run by Stuff for five years. The judges described her stories about sexual harm as "fearless, determined pursuits that deserve the highest commendation". Alison has presented to numerous organisations on sexual harm and diversity topics, and is also a skilled MC and media and presentation coach. Learn more about Alison here.

Zoë Lawton is a legal researcher turned barrister. She undertook research for the Ministry of Justice and the Chief Victims Advisor to Government and went on to set up an online platform for people in the legal profession to share their experiences of sexual harm. She has successfully campaigned for improvements to reporting and legal processes, including changes to the Employment Relations Act. She currently provides legal advice to people who have experienced sexual harm. Learn more about Zoë here.

Stay in the loop

For updates on our progress, follow us on LinkedIn or Instagram

Questions

If you have questions about Tika or our campaign, please feel free to contact us.

Alison Mau [email protected]

Zoë Lawton [email protected]

 


 

Comments

Hey! Thanks for checking out this project.

We haven't made any updates yet, follow us if you want to be notified when we do.

marilyn sainty
12/04/2024 at 12:02pm
Anonymous pledger
12/04/2024 at 8:43am
Anonymous pledger
11/04/2024 at 10:29pm

"Good luck - a great initiative."

Kirsty Campbell
11/04/2024 at 5:55pm

"Here’s to closing a significant gap in the justice system in relation to sexual harm. "

Anonymous pledger
11/04/2024 at 2:20pm
Rachael Bowie
11/04/2024 at 1:34pm
Hannah Smith
11/04/2024 at 1:13pm
Anonymous pledger
10/04/2024 at 12:47pm

"Nice work ladies! Great initiative. "

Rachel Tinkler
10/04/2024 at 10:30am
Angela
10/04/2024 at 9:50am
Steph Julian
10/04/2024 at 9:25am

"What a brilliant and much needed initiative! "

Chrissy Powlesland
10/04/2024 at 9:13am
Kim Partridge
06/04/2024 at 10:40pm

"What a great idea and a desperately needed service. Thank you."

Michelle Trusttum
03/04/2024 at 10:14am

"Love this concept. So needed."

Kathryn George
29/03/2024 at 3:00pm

"Karawhiua e ngā wāhine toa! I wholeheartedly support you with this campaign. I hope others will do the same as it's such a great initiative."

Liz Miller
28/03/2024 at 8:55pm
Anonymous pledger
28/03/2024 at 2:33pm
Briar
28/03/2024 at 12:32pm
Kate Williman
26/03/2024 at 8:20am
Anonymous pledger
25/03/2024 at 11:13pm

"Thank you for this mahi"

John Ranta
25/03/2024 at 11:13am
Hayley Ware
24/03/2024 at 10:56am
Leah Porter
21/03/2024 at 3:57pm
Arran Hunt
21/03/2024 at 9:22am

"Fantastic service, and a great pledge reward which one of my staff will love."

Cleo
20/03/2024 at 7:01pm

"Go team! Awesome initiative in a much-needed area!"

Helen Mackay
19/03/2024 at 9:43am

"This is a fantastic initiative and one we are very pleased to support at Juno Legal."

Anonymous pledger
19/03/2024 at 9:42am

"This is an awesome initiative. Thank you."

Bridget Cassie
16/03/2024 at 12:40pm
Anonymous pledger
15/03/2024 at 7:06pm
Anonymous pledger
15/03/2024 at 3:30pm

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