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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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  • Hecuba says:

    The primary reasonn why Bernard Hogan-Hill uttered those lies (oops I mean truths) is because he is a lackey of the powerful men in political power. These males believe because their public personae is ‘pillars of the community’ this means their male supremacist police system must on no account investigate them if and when someone charges them with the crime of male sexual predation upon adult women; girls or boys.

    This is the central issue and as usual the bros are protectng their bros because they know that constantly claiming women and girls are innate liars who routinely charge upright (sic) powerful white men with male sexual predation upon them.

    Do not forget deceased male sexual predator Jimmy Savile was protected by the bros because he too had many powerful bros. who believed it is a male sacrosanct sex right to sexually prey ob women and girls with impunity!

    But naming which sex is benefitig from these lies is a big no no as is stating the fact mens’ male supremacist legal system and mens’ police forces are not ‘sex neutral’ but are in fact male upholders of mens’ male supremacist system which means the law only affords protection to males from male violence not females from pandemic male violence in all its forms.