‘Don’t brush rapes aside’

Nearly quar­ter of Coast sex cases un­solved

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS -

paul.we­ston@news.com.au have ex­pe­ri­enced work­ers.

“It’s at that time when you’re hav­ing com­plaints be­ing with­drawn. For ex­am­ple, if you haven’t kept the cloth­ing of the vic­tim, your foren­sic case goes out the door.”

A Bul­letin re­port this week re­vealed po­lice are be­ing urged to re­visit cases af­ter an Au­di­tor Gen­eral’s re­port found vic­tims of crime be­ing en­cour­aged not to take ac­tion.

Women re­port­ing to a Coast sup­port ser­vice say they “felt 2018 COM­MON­WEALTH GAMES HOST CITY pres­sured to with­draw their SA (sex­ual as­sault) com­plaint” and that po­lice “un­found­ing” of cases had in­creased.

The po­lice source said sex­ual of­fences and prop­erty crime were the two ma­jor ar­eas where cases could eas­ily be logged as “un­founded”.

“You are talk­ing about an en­ter­tain­ment precinct and a party sub­urb. In that party precinct is the strong in­flu­ence of sub­stance abuse, and we’re prone to crimes like date rape linked to drugs.”

Po­lice data for 2015-16 for the Coast dis­trict shows that of the 435 re­ported sex­ual crimes, 335 had been cleared.

In 2014-15 on the Coast, po­lice re­ceived 503 sex crime re­ports, of which 405 were solved achiev­ing a clear-up rate of 81 per cent. De­spite much fewer crimes of rape and at­tempted rape be­ing re­ported in 2015-16, the num­ber of solved cases dropped by four per cent.

The Op­po­si­tion is fu­ri­ous with Po­lice Min­is­ter Mark Ryan af­ter his re­sponse to the Bul­letin was a call for vic­tims un­happy with their po­lice treat­ment to con­tact Po­licelink.

“Be­hind ev­ery num­ber is an alleged vic­tim of rape or sex­ual vi­o­lence and we can’t brush this un­der the car­pet,” Op­po­si­tion MP Ros Bates said.

“We should be en­cour­ag­ing vic­tims to re­port sex­ual vi­o­lence, not get­ting them to with­draw com­plaints just to clear the books.”

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