A piece in today’s Telegraph on outrageous demands being made by Vera Baird, a particularly odious radical feminist. To feminists, alleged rape victims are ALWAYS rape victims, and their alleged rapists ALWAYS rapists. In June 2016 we presented her with our Toxic Feminist of the Month award, here. I’ve added the word “ALLEGED” where the journalists failed in his duty to do so.
Victims’ commissioner sets out plans for new law, saying many ALLEGED rape victims withdraw from cases fearing police ‘digital strip searches’
ALLEGED Rape victims should get lawyers provided by the state to prevent police making “intrusive” and “excessive” demands for personal data, says the victims’ commissioner.
In a report setting out her plans for a new victims’ law, Dame Vera Baird said many ALLEGED rape victims were being deterred from continuing with prosecutions because of invasive demands about their past sex lives which could then be used them against them in a trial. [J4MB: Whether or not the details could be used against them, the demands cannot – by definition – be “invasive”. The alternative is to deny justice to alleged rapists, which is of course the intention.]
More than 40 per cent of ALLEGED rape victims withdraw from cases, up from 25 per cent just five years ago, with many blaming police “digital strip searches” and fears over the public grilling they face in court.
Six in ten (58 per cent) of the 500 ALLEGED rape victims ALLEGEDLY surveyed by Dame Vera said they were not assured by police that only “relevant and necessary” personal data would be accessed and only one in seven felt confident they would get justice.
She proposed the legal advice could be modelled on a pilot scheme run by her former force in Northumbria where she was police and crime commissioner. More than 80 ALLEGED rape victims supported by lawyers challenged “excessive” data requests by police in 47 per cent of cases.
Dame Vera said: “We know ALLEGED victim confidence in our criminal justice system is in sharp decline. More and more ALLEGED victims are withdrawing their support for prosecutions and, in my recent survey of ALLEGED rape complainants, only around one in seven said they felt reporting could end in justice.
“Superficial changes are not enough if we are to reverse this downward trend. To regain the trust of ALLEGED victims, we urgently need a change of culture in how the justice system treats them.”
The rape scheme is one of 34 proposals by Dame Vera for a new ALLEGED victims’ law which the Government has promised to introduce, putting the current victims’ code on a stautory footing.
Under her recommendations, police and Crown prosecutors would be required by law to consult ALLEGED victims before dropping or modifying charges against their offender – and provide details and progress of an investigation.
ALLEGED Victims would be treated by law as “participants” in criminal inquiries and trials rather than as “bystanders” as they are with the defendant often accorded more rights.
People who suffer from anti-social behaviour would be recognised as victims of crime and receive statutory entitlement to access victim support services.
Court-ordered compensation would be paid up-front by the courts, leaving the offender to repay HMCTS and not the ALLEGED victim. This would follow the Dutch model, whereby the courts pay the victim compensation directly and recoup the money from offenders.
Among those who have suffered from the failure to pay is Claire Waxman, London’s victims’ commissioner, who revealed to the Telegraph last year that she was still waiting for compensation from a convicted stalker 14 years after he was ordered by a court to pay her.
Dame Vera said: “ALLEGED Victims are participants from start to finish, but they are currently treated more like bystanders. We must recognise justice cannot be delivered without ALLEGED victims and our justice system needs to reflect this.
“I’m calling for a redefinition of the ALLEGED victim that moves beyond treating them as simply an onlooker or maybe a witness, but as a recognised participant, with statutory rights to be informed, supported and to be able to make informed choices.”
She also called for ALLEGED victims’ rights to be put on a proper statutory footing, requiring compliance from criminal justice agencies at all times.
ALLEGED Victims of crime have rights to information and support but they are not enforceable and, according to the commissioner, are only patchily delivered.
The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) reaffirmed its plans for a new ALLEGED victims’ law that would enshrine the enhanced rights in the ALLEGED victims’ code.
“We are also investing millions in vital support services, recruiting more independent sexual and domestic abuse advisers, [J4MB – independent? Hah! These jobs are going to malicious feminists] and reviewing the entire response to ALLEGED rape to build back confidence in the justice system,” said a spokesperson.
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