‘UK police handling of rape cases probed’

The British Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe has launched an investigation into the police’s handling of rape allegations.

An “unconscious bias” among officers could be blighting rape cases, Hogan-Howe said, while referring to the independent review that he hopes will stop a repeat of “awful” failings.

The police chief admitted that more than 80 percent of rape and sexual violence victims did not trust the system enough to come forward after being attacked.

“If you looked over the last few years, there’s been some pretty awful incidents…which have made me think about police investigations – it could be far better. My concern has been whether the investigators are always as sensitive and empathetic to the victims’ accounts as they should be,” Hogan-Howe said.

The investigation will focus on how rape cases are being investigated and prosecuted in London, which may then be applied nationally.

British police have been criticized recently over the handling of sexual assault cases, with reports showing they ignored a third of rape reports in a 12-month period.

Figures also indicated that there were about 10,000 recorded rapes of adults in England and Wales in the 12 months to March 2013, from which only 18 percent led to a sanction detection, where an offender was charged or cautioned for the offence.

An earlier report by Solicitor General Oliver Heald in response to a parliamentary question revealed that British police had sent only 5,404 rape cases out of the 17,061 reports they received in 2012-13 to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

Britain’s top prosecutor Keir Starmer also warned that nine in ten rapes and other serious sexual assaults go unreported due to the victims’ distrust of the UK criminal justice system.



Source Article from http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/06/10/366374/uk-police-handling-of-rape-cases-probed/

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