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Rape case shows sexism ingrained in the police force

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The recent revelation that a London taxi driver drugged, abused and raped tens of female passengers has rightly shocked many people.
Issue 2143

The recent revelation that a London taxi driver drugged, abused and raped tens of female passengers has rightly shocked many people.

But the case revealed something more astounding – the police response to the reports of rape.

Several women went to the police when they realised they had been abused after being given a drink spiked with drugs.

In one case the number plate of the cab was captured on CCTV but police failed to pursue the allegation and released the driver. Police marked many of the allegations as “no crime”.

The women often had a hazy recollection of events, which points to the use of drugs, but police failed to pick up on this.

It is little wonder that few women see any use in reporting rape – it is thought that 95 percent of rapes are never reported. Just 6.5 percent of reported rapes between 2007 and 2008 resulted in a conviction.

The police attitude to rape victims is disgraceful and needs to be addressed.

But ultimately, solving the problem of rape means challenging a society that has women’s oppression at the heart of it.

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