Nearly two-thirds of London rape victims who drop their complaint do so within a month of going to police, with the proportion tripling in two years, according to a report.
Claire Waxman, London’s independent victims’ commissioner, revealed research warning that victims, predominately women, are being belittled and deterred from pursuing justice.
Among those who allege rape or sexual assault to police, 65% dropped out, up 7% compared with the last survey covering the capital two years ago.
An allegation that a crime was committed is not proof that a crime was committed.
It is an indication that a certain amount of investigation should be undertaken to determine whether a crime was committed. This is true of any crime. “‘Ee nicked my purse!” might be first met with a “Did you check your handbag, no the other ones?” and that might be the solution. “He raped me” is an allegation. Questioning might include – given the English definition of the crime – “Did his (or her) penis enter your vagina, anus or mouth?”.
Agreed, few allegations are likely to fail the legal test at that point as England’s young women are rarely that stupid. But it is possible that some might.
D’ye see the logical point there? An allegation that a rape took place is not the same as proof that a rape took place – and therefore those who allege are not, as yet, victims of the crime of rape.
We can all also agree that they should be treated as such while the investigations are made. But those investigations do have to be made and it simply is not true to record, as here, all those who allege as being victims.