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One in nine cases of reported rape investigation was dropped by the police a home office figure says

Date: (22 August 2012)    |    

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A figure from the Home Office has shown that police believed no crime had taken place following 11 percent of rape complaints.

In other words the police chose not to investigate rape complaints more often than any other type of violent crime, as one in nine allegations were written off.

When compared with other crimes such as reported burglaries only two percent was ignored, three percent of drug complaints, five percent of robberies and six percent of non-sexual assaults were left without being investigated.

Concerns were raised in a study by the Criminal Justice Joint Inspection team saying that pressures of keeping recorded cases to its minimal would lead to writing off too many reported cases under no crime incidents.
The data comes amid fresh controversy over the high-profile allegations of sexual assault facing Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, accusations that he strongly denies.
Last night, one of his supporters sparked anger by naming one of the women involved in the sexual assault claims on the BBC.
Craig Murray, a former UK ambassador to Uzbekistan and a human rights advocate, also raised questions about “the conduct of these women”.
He said that incidents which were dubious themselves as to what has happened and Julian Assange having denied the accusations against him were being seized on as a political agenda.
It's well worth people going online to discover what they can about the allegations, about how they were made, who made them, what the people who made them did afterwards, and look at what happened.”
George Galloway, the Respect MP, also caused furore by suggesting Mr Assange has been accused of no more than bad "sexual etiquette".
Mr Galloway, speaking in a 30 minute video blog on Sunday, said the allegations levelled against Mr Assange could not be considered rape.
He said what happened and the allegations made by the two women were even true 100 percent what could be seen as captured in the cameras would not have constituted a rape. Not everybody needs to be asked prior to each insertion. Some people believe that when you go to bed with somebody, take off your clothes, and have sex with them and then fall asleep, you're already in the sex game with them.
He issued a statement saying he did not believe the authorities in Britain would have sanctioned a prosecution and that the allegations against Mr Assange had "all the hallmarks of a set-up".

 

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