The New Zealand Law Society has to provide clear leadership and play an active role in challenging and changing the culture of the law, Under-Secretary to the Minister of Justice on Domestic and Sexual Violence Issues Jan Logie says.
"I support their public commitment to build a culture which is inclusive, safe and just," she says.
Ms Logie says the results of the Law Society's survey of bullying and harassment in the legal industry are bleak, and it's time for things to change.
“It is sadly unsurprising that there is commonplace bullying and harassment occurring in the law. No part of our society is free from abusive, controlling behaviour. But it’s especially concerning here because the integrity of the legal profession is critical to give victims of sexual violence confidence in the justice system.
“Victims cannot be confident when the exact same exploitation and coercion is happening in the very institutions which are meant to help them.
“I echo Law Society President Kathryn Beck in thanking the women who came forward to bring sexual abuse in the legal profession into the open, sometimes at serious personal and professional cost. This took immense courage. Let’s make it worth their while."