Police officers will no longer automatically believe sex abuse claims from the off, says Met chief as he battles to defend his reputation over Lord Bramall

In 2014 I wrote an article on how Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, Metropolitan Police Commissioner, was following feminist guidance on how to deal with sexual offence cases.

We all know how that’s worked out, including the recent case of a a 51-year-old man charged with raping a 60-something actress in the middle of a busy London train station, with CCTV cameras all around. CCTV footage showed the two of them walking in opposite directions, and the man not breaking his stride. He was holding onto a shoulder bag with one hand, and a newspaper with the other. There is no evidence the two of them even touched physically. These are all trifling irrelevances for a feminist-minded prosecutor, obviously.

Our thanks to Mike for this. The start of the article:

Police officers must be ‘good investigators’ when presented with allegations of sexual abuse and not simply believe them, the Met Commissioner has said.

Amid a firestorm over controversial investigations into public figures including the war hero Lord Bramall, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said there was a ‘great danger’ in allegations being believed from the outset.

The embattled police commissioner has repeatedly refused to apologise for investigations into historic claims against Lord Bramall and the former Tory home secretary Lord Brittan, who died before it was concluded he had no case to answer.

But he has launched a judge-led inquiry to look into how the Metropolitan Police handled the accusations and today questioned guidance on how allegations are treated.

Sir Bernard told the BBC: ‘I think we have really got hung up on this word belief, it’s confused officers, and my point would be we of course have to be empathetic, we want people to believe we are going to listen to them.

‘We want to be open minded about what they tell us and then what the suspects tell us.

‘And then we have got to test all that evidence.

‘There is a great danger at the moment with the advice that is around that perhaps there is a tendency to think we will always believe any complaint that is made.

‘That’s not wise for any good investigator.’

‘That’s not wise for any good investigator’. As one of my children used to say frequently as a teenager, many years ago, ‘No shit, Sherlock!’

Some characteristic idiocy from the NSPCC:

An NSPCC spokesman said warned the new policy would be a ‘serious bar’ to victims coming forward to the police.

He said: ‘At a time when people have at long last found the confidence and courage to report these crimes, it would be a tragedy to bring this progress to a juddering halt.

‘Victims of sexual abuse have the right to be believed just as much as anyone reporting a burglary or physical assault. Police officers should have an open mind and execute the normal tests and investigations to verify the veracity of what is being alleged.

‘Telling those who have been sexually abused they will no longer be automatically believed seems to be a panic measure which could have an adverse effect on a crime the Government has classified as a ‘national threat’.’

How, precisely, are the police expected to differentiate immediately after a rape report is made, between a person who was genuinely abused, and one who is making a false allegation? Surely the result of ‘automatic belief’ can only increase the frequency of false rape allegations, for which the CPS seldom brings prosecutions after being asked to make a charging decision by the police – and it beggars believe that the police would seek a charging decision unless they were confident of a conviction. Even when women are found guilty of making false allegations, they can expect a suspended sentence i.e. no punishment. They retain their anonymity, while the identities of the men whose lives they have sought to ruin – some of whom commit suicide – are publicised in the mainstream media.

The people doing the most to deter women reporting sexual abuse to the police are the feminists employed in the huge and lucrative rape industry. They maintain a constant narrative of women not being believed by police, and courts failing to convict rapists. They thereby achieve at least five objectives:

  • they make women afraid of men as a class, and therefore angry towards them
  • they deter women from reporting rape to the police
  • they feed the ‘rape culture’ myth
  • they secure donations from an unwitting public, and grants from government bodies
  • they secure perennial employment for themselves

5 thoughts on “Police officers will no longer automatically believe sex abuse claims from the off, says Met chief as he battles to defend his reputation over Lord Bramall

  1. why was the democratic principle of the presumption of innocence and proof of guilt ever tampered with in the first place? This shows how feminist pressure is subverting democratic principles and rights of citizens.

  2. So he “believes” the whole dreadful shambles can be explained away by policemen being “confused” by the meaning of “believe”.
    I see now.
    He means he wants people to “believe they will be listened to”.
    Not that what they say will be “believed” – necessesarily, although of course it might be “believed”, or not “believed”, as the case maybe – or so he believes.
    Funny, the word ‘believe’ also contains the word ‘lie’, – I believe.

  3. The NSPCC need to realise there’s a difference between saying you’re the victim of a crime and actually being the victim of a crime.

    Let’s flip it…..

    Telling false accusers that they won’t automatically be believed is definately a good thing

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