But this is the experience of several British women who are pursuing a civil case against the Metropolitan police. Last week, the Crown Prosecution Service ruled that four undercover police officers who spied on activists would not face sexual offence charges, including rape, sexual assault, sexual intercourse by false pretences, as well as misconduct in public office. These women consented to sleeping with men they believed were fellow activists, not police officers spying on them – and yet the CPS believes there is “insufficient evidence” for a prosecution.
What we are witnessing must surely be a stitch-up over what the women believe amounts to being raped by the state. The phone-hacking scandal rightly provoked widespread condemnation on the grounds that it was an impermissible violation of privacy. But what about police officers who share their lives with women, have sex with them, and – in at least two cases – fathered children with them? No wonder one of the women involved describes the practice in chilling terms as “body-hacking”. The difference is, of course, that the women involved are activists fighting for environmental and social justice: the sort of people who enjoy very little sympathy from those with power and influence.
Who you put out for, as an adult, is who you decide to put out for.
That these police officers lied is true. But if we tried to jail everyone who had lied their way into the bed of another then we’d have half the population being jailed by the other half. And yes, since you ask, there are undoubtedly women who lie their way into men’s (even mens’) beds too.
deterring future officers from having sex under false pretences on the basis that a rape charge could await them.
Sex under false pretences is not rape.
“You married or what?”
Doesn’t work, does it?
Sorry about this but this is what being an adult in a free and liberal society means. You’re responsible for all of the pains and the pleasures of who you decide to share your gonads with.