Abuse can be verbal of physical. It includes comments and behaviour that makes anyone feel unwelcome or belittled.A common phrase that many members of the Muslim community hear is ‘go back to your country’, ‘you don’t belong here’, ’this is our country’ ‘people don’t want you here’
This kind of verbal abuse is not reported because it has become the norm. It is harassment, abuse and racism. No one in New Zealand should ever be told this.
Please let’s speak up now, let’s report this abuse because this is our New Zealand. We can’t have justice and healing until the truth is told and understood.