Boris Johnson acknowledges that sexual assault cases must be taken more seriously.
Boris Johnson said yesterday that sexual violence complaints are not taken seriously enough by the criminal justice system.
However, the Prime Minister advised women to continue to trust the police when reporting rape and sexual assault claims. He stated, ” “The issue is that it is extremely difficult to get the criminal justice system to respond to these accusations quickly enough, and to take them seriously enough in some cases.
“At every stage of the process, there are delays. You already know the reasons: it’s all the complexity surrounding people’s cellphones, the defense’s proof, and other such issues.
“But, in the end, that’s no justification. We need to deal with these complaints correctly.
“We need to create a scenario in which women can trust that their reports of rape, sexual assault, and domestic abuse will be properly handled.
“As a result, we’re investing heavily in all of that to make the streets safer, and some of the worst, most deadly crime types are actually decreasing.”
The Prime Minister responded after it was revealed that Metropolitan Police Officer Wayne Couzens, 48, who was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Sarah Everard, was permitted to work at Westminster despite former colleagues allegedly labeling him “the rapist” for his actions. Sarah, 33, was kidnapped, raped, and murdered by Couzens on March 3 while walking home from a friend’s house in Clapham, south London. Couzens used his warrant card to make a “false arrest” for breaking lockdown regulations.
Sarah was chained and driven 80 miles before the father of two raped and murdered her and burned her body on fire in a lonely bush. Mr Johnson underlined Met Police advice for women to flag down a passing bus if they are stopped by an officer they do not trust, speaking ahead of the Conservative Party conference in Manchester this week.
The instructions also suggested knocking on doors or dialing 999.
The PM went on to say: “If you are concerned about how a police officer is treating you, you should seek assistance.
“What I want is for the public, especially women, to have faith in the police.”
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