'We took too long' - PM on sex assault claims from Young Labour camp

The AM Show 13/03/2018

Allegations that four young Labour supporters were sexually assaulted during Young Labour camp have sparked questions about why police and parents weren't told about claims.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told The AM Show that her officials were respecting the victims' wishes - but admits it's taken too long to handle the issue.

"I think we took too long because there was a bit of a delay between reaching out and responding with appropriate services," Ms Ardern said.

The Labour Party confirmed that "highly inappropriate" behaviour occurred at its summer camp.

Despite attending the camp, Ms Ardern said she also was unaware about the alleged assaults and only heard about them on Monday.

"My view is the more important thing was dealing with the issue," she told The AM Show.

"That was the priority of the Party leadership and I support that. So it doesn't bother me that I found out yesterday."

A review is now underway into the camp's procedures, but the PM has blamed the participants for bringing the alcohol to the camp.

"The very fact that we had people of that age, and that even though alcohol wasn't provided it was present - that wasn't right either," she says.

"So yes there are things that have certainly gone wrong."

Watch the full interview with Jacinda Ardern above. 

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