British police confronted an outrage on the latest policies which claimed the delivery of the phones of the rape and sexual assault victims to the police to be explored for information or a glimpse of risk factors cases dropped.
The privacy campaigners of the women informed consent forms to all police troops across Wales and England which could add to the victim’s feelings of breaching and cautioned them from revealing serious sexual crimes.
The co-director of the End Violence Against Women Coalition, Rachel Krys said, “ making this demand of victims routine is likely to create a huge further barrier to reporting rape”.
A representative for the National Police Chiefs Council said police should pursue all rational lines of investigation and the alterations would assist ensure police seek consent for data proportionally and consistently across the forces.
A representative for the Crown Prosecution Service was not urgently available for comment.
The consent forms ask victims for giving police permission for downloading data from their phone using an extraction tool.
Complainants are alerted if they decline “ it may not be possible for the investigation or prosecution to continue”.
The new policy emerges following disputes over the path that sexual assault and rape cases have been operated police and prosecutors.
The CPS declared a review of all the rape and serious sexual assault cases in January last year following the end of several prosecutions over failures to reveal the evidence to the defense lawyers. Justice officials say the alterations will make strong policy around evidence revelation.
According to women’s group accessing details of contacts between reported rapists and the victims, who in many cases already know one another, will boost the scrutiny of victims. They remarked to the intensified low rate of opinions for major sexual assaults and said that often the prosecution’s inappropriate focus on the character of women, clothing, sexual history and alcohol consumption. Equality Party of Women wrote in a post shared on Twitter, “ rape victims should not be the ones on trial”. The number of suspects accused with rape incident in England and Wales fell to 2,822 in the year 2017-2018 a fall almost a quarter on the previous year.
About 20 percent of women have suffered some kind of sexual assault since the age of 16, according to the Crime Survey for England and Wales, but the huge predominance of victims did not report incidents to police.