Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Vested Interests

May 7, 2013

Police invitations to ‘victims’ encouraging false allegations

"Police statements encourage false claims of sexual abuse

Police officers making statements related to sex abuse cases have been told to always include a reference to “brave victims” and to always invite other “victims” to come forward with more allegations, safe in the knowledge that they will be assumed to be telling the truth, even though they may well have other motives.

The result is that police are being inundated with allegations from the distant past as well as more recent accusations, many of which may be completely unfounded.

In another populist move, police now routinely speak of “victims” rather than “accusers” or “complainants” after criticism from campaign groups that people were being discouraged from reporting genuine cases of abuse for fear that they would not be believed.

The reality is however that whatever one may feel, nobody is entitled to be referred to as a “victim” unless and until it has been proven that they have in fact been abused; until then, they are merely an “accuser” or “complainant”.

As has previously pointed out, the law dictates that those who have successfully convinced a court that they have been abused will most likely receive significant compensation from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority or have the option to sue the (often very wealthy) alleged perpetrator.

However, the compensation, rather than being paid to those providing appropriate medical, psychological or counselling services, is instead paid straight into the bank account of the person receiving it.

Senior barristers have recently pointed out that because in abuse cases hard evidence is not required for a conviction, merely a “pattern of events that is similar in a number of cases”, the number of allegations to police has increased dramatically as individuals become aware of the potential to receive compensation payments whilst remaining completely anonymous, protected and safe from criticism.

At present, there is no anonymity for those accused but there is life-long anonymity for accusers."


10:36AM BST 18 Jul 2013

David Cameron hails 'magnificent' fall in crime despite police cuts

"The number of reported rapes has risen by 2 per cent in the past year, with the increase thought to be linked to the knock-on effect of the Jimmy Savile investigation."

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