Most rape cases are ‘regretful sex’, former Met chief allegedly said
That’s actually our difficulty. Some are. Some aren’t. Possibly many to most are or aren’t.
The problem – the argument – is how do we build the system which distinguishes for us?
Sir Steve House, the former acting Met Commissioner, has been referred to the police watchdog over allegations that he described the bulk of rape complaints as being the result of “regretful sex”.
The comments were allegedly made during a meeting in January 2022 between senior officers and academics discussing a major review that was taking place into rape prosecutions.
Professor Betsy Stanko, an adviser appointed by the Home Office to conduct the review called Operation Soteria Bluestone, made the allegations relating to Sir Steve in an interview with Channel 4 News.
Following the claims, Sir Stephen – who is currently seconded to the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) – was referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct by Scotland Yard.
The other problem we’ve got is that someone stating something so obviously true is now subject to a witchhunt. We’re never going to get to the truth if we can’t state the truth now, are we?