New police chief wants justice for sex victims

THE new Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner has called for an overhaul of the entire criminal justice system so victims of rape and sexual violence are better served by Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner.

New research has revealed that a fraction of victims report the crime to the police. The research, by the Home Office, Ministry of Justice and Office of National Statistics, found up to 95,000 women and men are raped each year, but an average of only 15,670 incidents were reported to police. It also found nearly 500,000 people were victims of sexual offences, but only 54,000 were reported.

Commissioner Tony Lloyd said: “These figures are shocking. They show just how much more needs to be done to ensure that victims of this terrible crime can have the confidence to come forward.

“Rape has a devastating effect on people’s lives and it is so important that victims feel they can access help and support — and have their physical and emotional needs met.”

Victims of rape and sexual assault in Bolton, and across Greater Manchester, are taken to St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre.

Mr Lloyd said: “Victims are treated with dignity and respect, and support is given to help them rebuild their lives, even if they don’t want to take the difficult step of reporting the crime. “But these figures are a stark challenge to the entire criminal justice system.

“Victims have already gone through what is likely to be the worst experience of their lives. The system should not prolong that suffering and at every stage must be focused on the victim.”

The commissioner has now vowed to be a “voice for victims” and will fight to have the justice system changed.

Anyone who has been a victim of rape or sexual assault can get specialist help and support from St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre on 0161 276 6515.

Victims should also report the crime to polic but any victim who gets help from St Mary’s is not obliged to report it.

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12:07pm Tue 22 Jan 13

justdad says...

what about a shake up in the justice system when child rapest who take there chances with the jury and plead not guilty and it pays off when found not guilty allthough they are for a fact guilty.
what about a shake up in the justice system when child rapest who take there chances with the jury and plead not guilty and it pays off when found not guilty allthough they are for a fact guilty. justdad
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10:11pm Tue 22 Jan 13

boltonnut says...

Unfortunatly there will never be any justice for the victims of sexual abuse as long as you have the limp wristed legal system that exists today.If a person is found guilty of a sex crime hand them over to the agrieved victims family for a couple of hours.OH NO we can't do that, the scum bags rights would be violated.I say a sharp knife would suffice.I know not all abusers are male but I can't think of suitable punishment for a female.Come on ladies help me.As for the police Iknow their hands are tied but you could put the boots in in the appropriate areas.
Unfortunatly there will never be any justice for the victims of sexual abuse as long as you have the limp wristed legal system that exists today.If a person is found guilty of a sex crime hand them over to the agrieved victims family for a couple of hours.OH NO we can't do that, the scum bags rights would be violated.I say a sharp knife would suffice.I know not all abusers are male but I can't think of suitable punishment for a female.Come on ladies help me.As for the police Iknow their hands are tied but you could put the boots in in the appropriate areas. boltonnut
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11:36pm Tue 22 Jan 13

BoltonLancs says...

Utter spiel from a man on a lot of money, sorry...too much money..!!!...He says what everyone already knows and has no real power - just a very expensive "voice for victims".
An overpaid Councillor! Let's log what this guy and subsequent commissioners ACHIEVE...and under which government...!
Utter spiel from a man on a lot of money, sorry...too much money..!!!...He says what everyone already knows and has no real power - just a very expensive "voice for victims". An overpaid Councillor! Let's log what this guy and subsequent commissioners ACHIEVE...and under which government...! BoltonLancs
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