Those Rape Conviction Figures

Of course we must do something about the fact that only 5% of reported rapes end up in convictions. Of course:

The worst day of Paul Haslam’s life began at 3.30am with a loud knock on the door from the police. They told him he was being arrested on suspicion of rape, and took him to Charles Cross police station in Plymouth.

There, he was questioned about what had happened the previous evening, when he had spent the night with a girl he had known for only a short time. He knew he had done nothing wrong, but he did not know how he could prove it.

Later that day Mr Haslam was released without charge. Three weeks later he received a letter telling him that no further action was being taken. By then he had lost his job and had to tell his family about the arrest.

Mr Haslam, 30, had hardly thought about that day nine years ago until he read in his local newspaper this week that the woman who made the false allegation against him had since done the same thing to seven other men.

Gemma Gregory left a trail of disrupted lives across the city of Plymouth. A judge gave her a 12-month suspended jail sentence for perjury for her latest false accusation and ordered her to undergo psychiatric treatment.

No woman would ever accuse a man of rape if it hadn\’t actually happened now, would they? A simple system of accusation and conviction should be suitable, don\’t you think? For we must always listen to the voice of the victim. This insistence upon evidence is simply so patriarchal, testament does, after all, share the same root as testes.

6 comments on “Those Rape Conviction Figures

  1. “Gemma Gregory left a trail of disrupted lives across the city of Plymouth. A judge gave her a 12-month suspended jail sentence…”

    Ah, right. That’ll teach her!

  2. There was a case late last year where a sexual assault conviction was overturned after the accused had served three years in prison when it emerged* that his accuser. Shannon Taylor, was another serial fantasist. No charges at all were brought against her.

    * I say the information ’emerged’, but actually the CPS knew all along they just withheld it from the defence. No charges have been brought against the CPS either.

  3. “No charges have been brought against the CPS either.”

    Hopefully a private prosecution for damages will be forthcoming.

  4. For us in the US, false rape accusations are nothing new. Not after the Duke University lacrosse team case anyway. And to my recollection, the woman in that case had accused a number of men of gang-raping her another time, and the only reason charges were not pressed in that case was because she failed to return to the police to give a detailed report after the initial accusation.

    The worst part of the Duke case was that a large portion of the left wing faculty at Duke rushed to defend the accuser and get the Lacrosse team suspended and disbanded before any evidence other than the woman’s accusation were made public.

  5. Obviously the police standards involved are dismal, there seems to be less and less emphasis on actually investigating a crime these days, possibily because of ‘political correctness’. Before any arrest in the UK is made, ‘reasonable suspicion’ must be ascertained. Officers cannot just take the lazy route and make an arrest just because a complaint is made. They must investigate and that includes an investigation into the character and reliability of the person making the complaint. Why are the Inspector Knackers of this world and his men not doing this? If they investigated each compliant made thoroughly instead of jumping in with both feet these things needn’t happen. It’s a police competency issue, not a criminal justice failing or a consequence of an increasingly acoholic society. Invesitigate crimes, make a reasonable case and then lay charges. What’s so difficult about that?

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