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Violence against women is not taken seriously enough – Johnson

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has stated that violence against women is not taken seriously enough while adding that the situation is “infuriating”.

Johnson stated that too many women are “finding their lives lost to this system” while waiting for their cases to be taken seriously.

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His comments follow the life conviction that was handed down to former police officer Wayne Couzens who raped and murdered 33-year-old Sarah Everard.

Amid a crisis in public trust in the police, UK Home Secretary Priti Patel said that police must “raise the bar” by taking harassment and flashing claims by women more seriously.

While speaking to The Times, Johnson insisted that work needs to be done to fix how the criminal justice system handles complaints of violence against women and girls, however, he said that the public could still trust the police.

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“You’re seeing victim attrition, you’re seeing people giving up, it’s utterly miserable for them. It’s infuriating,”.

He added that most cases were compromised by the time the courts processed them, which implied that they were not being taken seriously enough.

The Prime Minister spoke to Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick about how prosecutions and convictions for rape can be boosted, he stated, “But there’s another problem, which is partly caused by the failure of the criminal justice system to dispose of these (cases). Are the police taking this issue seriously enough? It’s infuriating. I think the public feel that they aren’t and they’re not wrong.”

“Do I fundamentally believe the police are on our side? Yes, absolutely they are. Can you trust the police? Yes you can. But there is an issue about how we handle sexual violence, domestic violence, the sensitivity, the diligence, the time, the delay, the confusion about your mobile phone. That’s the thing we need to fix.”

Johnson said that too many women abandoned their attempts to find justice over violent crimes against them because of “victim attrition” while finding their lives lost to the system upon waiting for their complaints to be taken seriously.

IMAGE – “PM Boris Johnson speaking at the opening of the UK-Africa Investment Summit in London, 20 January 2020” is licensed under CC BY 2.0/ “Vigil for Sarah Everard in Sheffield” by Tim Dennell Licenced by CC BY 2.0

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