Everyday Victim Blaming

challenging institutional disbelief around domestic & sexual violence and abuse

Assault

I have 3 cases of information to supply to you, in separate submissions. This one is my own case of being a GBH victim. It's particular value is that it refutes those that support victim blaming and it's misogynistic bigotry as it demonstrates unprovoked violence as the allegations which blame the victim used by media and police do not exist here. It is also one of numerous crimes which are recorded by the police who then ignore the victim and chance of an arrest:

1. On February 2nd 2009 I had been the victim of an unprovoked GBH attack by members of the same group with the message that, "next time they were going to fucking knife [me]. I reported it immediately and made a signed statement to Plumstead CID 3 days later.

2. Three hours I was able to identify my attackers and phoned CID immediately. The response was they were not interested in sending any police out to apprehend them. This was half a mile from Plumstead police station.

3.September 22 2009 My neighbour was racially abused and threatened in front of her young child by members of a knife carrying gang. She reported to the police the following day, still deeply distressed. Police did nothing more than take a statement

4. There were other victims of threats, muggings and violence including students from the local college

5. April 2013- I provided further information to help identify the criminals. Plumstead CID made excuses for doing nothing and not recording the information I provided. The new CID officer asked,"Why I hadn't reported the crime?" I asked if he had my written statement recording the crime, which he confirmed he had retrieved, thus contradicting his nonsensical question.

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Following my attack, and a few months later narrowly avoiding being attacked by the same gang, I used minicabs to my flat whenever it was dark. This was a sensible precaution although it should be unnecessary for innocent people to use such methods to avoid being attacked by people who should be in prison

 

 

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  • Jane says:

    So sorry. Police should do their jobs, but they almost never do. I have found that power responds to power.

    It’s completely wrong and should not be the case. But I have found that if I can get a professional: a victims of crime advocate, a counseller, or a very crispy upper-class friend in a suit who can pretend to work for an obscure victims service to talk to any authorities like police with me then authorities are often much more respectful and responsive to me.

    It’s so wrong that this can work but it sometimes does. Many police treat the public badly, thinking there will be no consequences. Because there rarely is, they are so unaccountable.

    I find it infuriating that the same words out of a ‘professionals’ mouth carry so much more weight than mine.

    Your police sound very unsafe and disrespectful to me: it might be worth protecting yourself by dealing with them only with a support person, and preferably one with some sort of power.

    I realise this is a terrible suggestion as it just should not be the case. I hope that whatever means you can take to reestablish your safety work out.