Sexual violence sparks march in Napier

  • 25/11/2017
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Police have laid a second sexual violation charge on a 29-year-old man already in custody for a different attack. Photo credit: Getty

There are hopes an organised walk in Napier will empower women, following a series of sexual assaults across the region.

Hundreds of people and their families are expected to turn out. Organiser Jenny Keown says it's about people coming together, making noise, and having some fun.

"I think that will change people's minds about how they feel about their community. It will also start conversations going about what's happened and what we can do to feel safe, to make ourselves feel stronger."

Police on Friday night laid a second sexual violation charge on a 29-year-old man already in custody for a different attack.

He will appear in Rotorua District Court on Saturday on a sexual assault charge as part of an ongoing investigation by Hawke's Bay police. He already faces a charge of indecently assaulting a woman in Burns Rd, Napier on November 5. He has name suppression.

The new charge relates to the alleged sexual violation of another woman in Havelock North on the same day.

Police have said previously they are investigating indecent assaults in Napier, Taradale and Havelock North.

Ms Keown wants to restore a bit of empowerment in women with Saturday's march.

"Women have changed their walking patterns and routes, they are staying inside more. I decided that I would do something about it."

The walk kicks off at around 2pm Saturday afternoon.

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