We Need To Talk About The Way Police Treat Rape Victims
The head of the MET police has revealed he wants police to stop 'automatically' believing rape victims - but the impact this has could be disastrous on women...
11 adults in the UK are raped every hour.
Only 15 per cent of them ever report their assault to the police.
Only 5.7 per cent of those charges end in a conviction.
The Head of the Metropolitan Police – Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe – has revealed he’s supporting plans to rethink officers’ approach to rape.
‘Hurrah!’ We hear you cry. ‘Finally, somebody is going to prioritise the women who have experienced sexual assault – to raise conviction rates, and ensure that all women who experience rape have a safe space to talk about what happened to them, without ever being made to feel that they were at fault. Finally, people like Sara*, who told us about her experiences of reporting rape in London, will get the justice they deserve.’
Except, that’s not what Hogan-Howe is suggesting.
He wants police officers to stop ‘automatically’ believing rape victims – and to treat each case with ‘an open mind’.
At first glance, it’s a tricky one.
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