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Government happy with historic sex abuse handling, despite petition

The Government says it doesn't need to look at the way child sexual abuse cases are dealt with, despite a campaigner's petition asking them to do so.

Grant West was a victim of sexual abuse as a boy and has been spending the past month travelling New Zealand to collect signatures for a petition to ask for a Royal Commission over the handling of child sexual abuse cases.

"I'm 54 now and I'm living with this every day - I have nightmares at night, I have flashbacks," Mr West said.

It's estimated that one in three girls and one in six young boys experience some sort of unwanted sexual advance before their 16th birthday - and most don't report it.

In Australia, Mr West helped push for the establishment of a Royal Commission into child sex abuse, and campaigners say a New Zealand inquiry could be similar, as the same sort of abuse occurred here.

Mr West presented a petition to MPs yesterday signed by thousands, but the Government insists that the situation in New Zealand is under control, with different reporting procedures in place to address historic abuse.

The MPs will now discuss the petition at Select Committee.

Campaigners want enquiries launched into how schools, churches and sporting organisations deal with cases, but the government says processes already exist. Source: 1 NEWS