The BBC reports on figures out today recording the number of rape convictions in England and Wales. These are the lowest level since records began. However, the number of rape allegations is at its highest.
Convictions lowest for ten years
There were 1,925 convictions in 2018-19. That’s a 27% drop from the previous year. This was in spite of allegations of rape reaching a high of 58,000 in England and Wales.
The number of suspects charged with rape or another offence has fallen, from 2,822 in 2017-18 to 1,758 in 2018-19.
Naturally, the BBC gives space to feminist groups to complain men are getting away with rape on a massive scale. But there is another way of looking at it. This is that false allegations of rape have soared in recent years. We highlight some cases below, but a comprehensive list from empathygap in pdf form is here and it shames our justice system.
In 2007-08, when records were first compiled in the current way, 2,220 cases resulted in a charge. Of those, 2,201 cases resulted in a conviction – although some would be for investigations started in previous years.
The conviction figure takes in the number of suspects initially investigated for rape who were later convicted of rape or other offences, such as sexual assault or indecent assault.
Sound convictions now rare
It is impossible to say how many of those were sound convictions in the eyes of God. The need for corroborating evidence in sexual cases was removed in the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994. Moreover, it was the Law Commission, an unelected quango, which lobbied for that course. The Bible warns:
Prov 25:5 Take away the wicked from before the king, and his throne shall be established in righteousness.
Sometimes, naturally, there is corroborating evidence. But there is no real need to find it any more. As a result, too many cases boil down to her word against his. Plausible women (there are some men, see below, but it’s mostly women) may be believed alleging a rape which never occurred. Women are viewed as more vulnerable and are in general better at social interaction. Consequently, there is huge scope for wrongful convictions. Equally, believable men can get away with rape, passing sexual intercourse off as consensual.
Deut 19:15 One witness shall not rise up against a man for any iniquity, or for any sin, in any sin that he sinneth: at the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall the matter be established.
In a Biblical system, where a minimum of two witnesses are required to establish a conviction, false accusations would fall and convictions would be sound and reliable. But then again, such a society with such a law would probably not be viewing sex as mere recreation and fornication as a pastime..
Lev 19:29 Do not prostitute thy daughter, to cause her to be a whore; lest the land fall to whoredom, and the land become full of wickedness.
False rape allegations – CCTV
Modern technology has intervened since 2007 in the shape of CCTV and mobile phones.
In 2009, one Andrew Tutty was accused of rape by Louise Johnson. Wolverhampton Crown Court heard at the precise time Mr Tutty was accused of attempted rape and assault by Johnson, he was filmed on CCTV boarding a train in Gosport , Hampshire, with his son. Ms Johnson was jailed for eighteen months for perverting the course of justice.
Prov 19:9 A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall perish.
In 2012, the late Amy Winehouse’s ex-boyfriend, Reg Traviss, was acquitted of two counts of rape. His accuser claimed he had raped her at his home while she was too drunk even to stand. However, CCTV footage from the last nightclub they visited showed her walking normally and unaided in high heels. The police had initially refused to disclose the footage, saying it held ‘nothing of interest’. In fact it demolished the alleged victim’s account.
False rape allegations – Mobiles
The other bit of modern technology impacting this area is mobile phone records. In 2017 student Liam Allen was cleared of rape. His un-named accuser only accused him of raping her after he ended their relationship.
The police found messages when they downloaded the contents of the woman’s phone. However, Mr Allen’s Barrister Julia Smart only found out the police had content of the complainant’s phone until a week before the trial.
The CPS refused to give her the contents. They told Ms Smart they contained nothing relevant.
The lawyer had to make a formal application to see the contents. A judge granted her request on the first day of the trial.
“I took the disk away to discover there were 40,000 messages on it,” Ms Smart told The Independent.
“I read them through the night and into the next morning. It was laborious but I found messages that completely undermined the case.”
Risk of ‘serious miscarriage of justice’
The Independent goes on: ‘Mr Allan was charged with six counts of rape and six of sexual assault after the woman reported him to police, claiming their relationship was unhappy and abusive, and she did not want sex.
‘”These messages said quite the contrary – that she was extremely happy for the defendant to come back to her after they broke up and extremely happy with the sex,” Ms Smart said.’
Acquitting Mr Allan of all charges, judge Peter Gower said the CPS should be considering the matter at the “very highest level”.
“There is a risk not only of this happening again, but that the trial process will not detect what has gone wrong and there will be a very serious miscarriage of justice.”
God demands justice and righteous judgment:
Amos 5:24 But let judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.
What makes matters worse is that accusers of rape are protected with anonymity by the law, but defendants are not. However, police are now demanding accusers hand over their phones. It is this attention to evidence coupled with high-profile cases like that of Mr Allen which has forced such a level of caution.
In addition, previously, police and the CPS assured accusers they would be believed. That approach led to the scandal of Operation Midland. ‘Nick’, now revealed as paedophile Carl Beech, accused prominent public figures of unspeakable crimes.
The police believed him and raided the homes of retired generals including that of Lord Bramall. Beech was a fantasist and has now been convicted. Sadly, Lady Bramall did not live to see her husband completely exonerated.
Invited back home
One woman accuser who has agreed to be named is Annie Tisshaw. Victoria Derbyshire interviewed her this morning. Miss Tisshaw says she was raped by a man she had been on a date with. She told the BBC she was left ‘devastated’ after prosecutors decided to drop her case.
Miss Tisshaw claims the man raped her in her own flat after a date. She met him a few times before.
She says she reported the incident straight after it happened, handed over her phone, and the case was passed by police to the CPS, who told her it was ‘a positive case’.
However, nearly a year later, she says ‘I was told there were inconsistencies in the case.’ Those included CCTV from earlier in the night, which showed she wasn’t looking ‘particularly scared or nervous’, and text messages sent before the alleged rape, she says.
‘This was a guy that I trusted, this was a guy that I had met before, so obviously at that time I didn’t know it was going to happen,’ she says.
We don’t want to add to Miss Tisshaw’s distress, but she invited an unrelated male back to her flat. What did all those texts say? How intimate had they already become? What did her date think he was going there for? Such naivety is shocking but depressingly commonplace in a society which thinks chaperones, chastity and not giving occasion for sin are silly rather than sensible – and Biblical.
Taking precautions – women
We don’t leave windows unlocked with a notice outside inviting burglars to enter and take a look around. No woman would leave her handbag on the front seat of an unlocked car. So why do so many women issue open invitations to take advantage of their most treasured possession?
However, even to suggest such precautions as dressing modestly, staying sober, not issuing or accepting invitations for ‘coffee’ is to risk being accused by the feminists of ‘victim-blaming’.
The BBC reported on comments by Judge Lindsey Kushner QC in 2017. Her Honour said women were entitled to ‘drink themselves into the ground’ but their ‘disinhibited behaviour’ could put them in danger.
‘Stop victims speaking out’
Northumbria PCC Dame Vera Baird, a feminist Labour politician, said the remarks ‘could stop victims speaking out’. Dame Vera is now serving as The Victims’ Commissioner for England and Wales. You could not make it up.
Judge Kushner said she did not think it was wrong ‘to beg women to take actions to protect themselves’. Francis Fitzgibbon, chairman of the Criminal Bar Association chairman, supported Her Honour. It was ‘sensible’ for women ‘to be educated to know there are predatory men out there’.
That remark highlights the idiocy of feminism. Feminists view all men as potential rapists, but in the same breath demand all women should be able to walk around acting provocatively and dressed as prostitutes (remember ‘slut-walk?’) without raising so much as a wolf-whistle.
Taking precautions – men
Alleged victims must not be believed until evidence backs them up. False rape allegations can easily arise when a woman whose inhibitions have been lowered by alcohol agrees to consensual fornication only to report it in the cold light of a sober morn as rape.
Or as Liam Allen discovered, an unmarried sexual relationship (that’s fornication) is bobbing along quite happily until the man ends it and his ex decides it was rape all along.
Note to men: (1) Never be the one to end a relationship. (2) Never be alone on your own with a woman. (3) Wait until you are married before sexual intercourse. According to feminists, of course, every married man should obtain a signed form of consent from his wife before sexual intercourse. In a more measured age, the wedding ceremony itself established consent. ‘With my body I thee honour.’
Matt 19:4 And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, 5 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?
1Cor 7:5 Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency.
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