Bernard Hogan-Howe Is Wrong on Police ‘Believing’ Rape Victims
Bernard Hogan-Howe's comments about changing police practice on "belief" of rape victims are alarming.
First of all, it is a misrepresentation to imply that current police practice involves police officers unconditionally believing those who report a sexual assault. After years of extremely bad treatment of rape victims, what we're supposed to have now is police procedure where the complainant is simply treated respectfully, where police engagement with them takes their account seriously, and where the investigation is full and not subject to rape myths - basically prejudices about who "real victims" and "real perpetrators" are and how they behave.
And in reality, there can still be major problems with reaching this standard of conduct, due to inadequate training, inadequate resources and the worrying speed with which some cases are dismissed. ...
This article is written by Sarah Green of the End Violence Against Women coalition. You can read the rest of this article here.
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