Vulnerability among child sex abuse victims should no longer be a barrier to justice, the director of public prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC, has declared as he unveiled new guidelines for handling cases.
Victims will in future be told that other complaints have been made against suspects “to strengthen their resolve to continue with the criminal process”.
Detectives and prosecutors will also be reminded that “reluctance to co-operate with those in authority, failure to report allegations of abuse swiftly” and providing inconsistent accounts are not uncommon patterns of behaviour for child sex abuse victims.
(in other words, teenagers who do not feel they are being abused, who seduce older men, or who exploit their own nubile bodies for cash, will not only be forced to testify, they will be encouraged to lie about the circumstances of their ‘abuse’ in order to secure a prosecution).
The new guidelines could result in a flood of new cases entering the criminal justice system. A joint police/CPS panel has been established to consider complaints about past cases where either prosecutors or detectives declined to continue with investigations. The panel is already looking at claims by four individuals.
The new CPS guidelines will require all child sex abuse cases to be dealt with by specialists in rape and serious sexual offences. There will be earlier consultation on cases between the police and CPS.
Victims will be given more support. “There is no bar to a victim seeking pre-trial therapy or counselling and neither police nor prosecutors should prevent therapy taking place prior to a trial,” the guidelines state.
On informing victims about suspects, they say: “There is no rule which prevents victims being told that they are not the only ones to have made a complaint of abuse.
“Victims can be told that the suspect has been the subject of complaints by others. Doing so may strengthen their resolve to continue their engagement with the criminal process. But this should usually only be done after the victim’s account has been given, and details of other allegations should not be disclosed.”
Keir Starmer is the mangina who recently claimed that it was a myth that men were being frequently falsely accused of rape or abuse by women. He appears to be in some kind of competition with Nazir Afzal, the public prosecutor for the North West of England, and paedo finder general for Operation Yewtree, to prove to the nation’s vaginas that they will protect them the most and lock up the most men in order to do so. Both are seeking the role of national director of public prosecutions for the UK.