And the reason they are all-powerful was pointed out to me in an OIA response I received last week.
I've been trying to ascertain what the familial relationships are between abusers and victims. The government is proposing a much greater level of scrutiny for teachers and others who work with children. I am not alone in questioning this. An employment lawyer writes:
Social Development Minister Paula Bennett has announced her intention to introduce new legislation designed to protect vulnerable children and "help them thrive".
However, the Vulnerable Children's Bill may equally be titled the Vulnerable Employees' Bill.
Anyway, the OIA response confirmed what I suspected. MSD tells me that of the alleged 12,987 perpetrators in the year to June 2012, 83 percent were family members of the children and young people involved.
There is, however, one form of abuse - sexual - where 56 percent of alleged perpetrators were not a family or household member.
The breakdown is below. But it was the preamble that really caught my attention and the reason for the title of this post.