But the upshot of Cam's TV appearance was the launch of a new lobby group - SHAME - Suppression Helps Abusers Make Excuses. We reckon that it's an excellently-titled group, and we also believe that Cam is heading in the right direction in his campaign against "celebrity" name suppression. But we'll let the Whale himself tell you about the purpose of SHAME:
SHAME has been established for two main reasons.
- To Provide a Lobby Group to enable changes to our Name Suppression laws that make our court system more open to scrutiny and at the same time better protect victims.
- To assist with Fundraising for Whaleoil’s legal defence against the 5 charges he faces for breaching name suppression
We belive that the ONLY solution to our suppression laws, lies not with the Law Commission report currently with the Minister of Justice, but rather a simplification removing name suppression for all except for victims and to add the suppression of the nature of the relationship between the offender and the victim.
This is know as the Capill Precedent where the Judge in place Name Suppression in the case of Graham Capill a prominent christian politician. The Judge suppressed all details of the victim including the victim and refused name suppression for the offender.
We commend Cam for taking the stand that he has. It is something that he believes in with a passion, and we're delighted to see him channelling his energies into achieving change. We're with him 100%. We've already joined the SHAME Facebook Group, and ask that you consider doing likewise. And the SHAME website is already up and running.
As Cam said on Breakfast, he is back in Court today to face the charges relating to breaches of suppression orders in the cases of The Entertainer and The Olympian. We wish him well, and wonder at the wisdom on the NZ Police for giving Cam the forum to take on the establishment. Cam Slater is now a rebel WITH a cause, and a rebel with a cause can be a very dangerous beastie indeed - rather like an Orca!