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This briefing paper is designed to inform the Metropolitan Police Of the true issues surrounding rape cases whilst dispelling the polices response towards it.

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This briefing paper is designed to inform the Metropolitan Police Of the true issues surrounding rape cases whilst dispelling the police’s response towards it. It highlights the commonly held misconceptions of male and female rape and suggests ways to improve the Police’s response in order to help victims. Characteristics of rape and police’s response · The chances of you knowing the rapist is high. · Most reported rapes happen at home. · Not all cases are reported to the police. · One in 20 women has been raped at least once since they were 16. · Social status ,circumstance and evidence all determine the police’s response. · 23.8% of reported rapes are ‘no crimed’ by the police. Home office, british crime survey (HMCPS & HMIC, 2007). INTRODUCTION Rape is a serious, distressing crime that effect’s both male and females. It is when a man “intentionally penetrates the vagina, anus or mouth of another person with his penis, without their consent” The Sexual Offence Act 2003 is the prominent legislation on sexual crimes aswell as the CPS who are responsible for the prosecution and criminal cases in England and Wales. ...read more.

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(assessment to victims too subjective and vulnerable to stereotyping) The police?s initial response is based on negative stereotypes such as; the victims character, attire and demeanour which are all poor judgements and unfair. ?victims who had been attacked by a stranger,more likely to encounter positive police response?.The public?s trust in the police has deteriorated due to insensitive attitudes and disbelieve from officers and a fear of being victimized/ vilified over something they had no control over. Rapists escape justice due to the police and prosecutors' dismissive attitudes towards victims.taking the victim seriously enough in or der to record the incident as a crime is only the first step in achieving justice for rape victims, and the likelihood of these women seeing their attacker brought to justice is appalling small paraphrase The police do try to take all rape allegations seriously and enforce a policy that records all allegations of rape.Even with that said there has been reports of crimes that go unnoticed. ...read more.

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When a rapist has been aquited it means the case could not be proved CONCLUSION AND RECCOMENDATION FOR ACTION From looking at all the data,policies and information provide by many campaigns and organisations against rape there is a clear indication that the police are heavily involved in trying to help victims which shows that the response rate has improved some what but ?????. The CPS and Police should review and reassess the way in which they notify victims that their specific case will not be taken further. Police still need to be thoroughly trained on the best way to treat woman complaining of rape The CPS and the Police should aim to achieve the same target which is a better response to rape. Awareness campaigns should be put forward to the public The Police and CPS should take greater care and concern when dealing with male rape cases as they are just as serious. Training for CPS and police should be implemented across the country and be regularly updated. Only one fifth of rapes reported to the BCS were reported to the police. Procedures, sympathetic to victims, should be introduced. (Mayhill & Allen 2002) ...read more.

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