Dame Vera said: “As Victims’ Commissioner, I cannot be expected to adhere to the official line that mobile phone data is only required when necessary to achieve a reasonable line of enquiry.
“The overwhelming evidence from those who support rape victims is that the reality is so very different. This evidence has led me to conclude victims are routinely being asked to hand over their mobile phones, even in some cases where their attacker is a stranger and there could not have been any communication between them.
“I want this practice to stop. I want to see a change in culture, where the current digital download form is withdrawn and where only proportionate downloads are made, and only in cases where it is absolutely necessary.”
They’re only a victim once it is established that a crime has actually happened. Including the concept that if a rape didn’t happen then the accused is in fact the victim. Meaning that we;d rather hope that the Victims’ Commissioner would be on the side of the people trying to work out if an offence has been committed…..