Every police force should set up a specialist squad to investigate rape allegations, a senior officer says.
John Yates, who speaks on the issue for the Association of Chief Police Officers, argues such teams would help raise standards of victim care.
They would also help improve conviction rates as rape inquiries are demanding and require specialist skills, he told a London conference on the issue.
Hopefully, this proposed specialist squad will become a universal reality soon. In addition to increasing the level of expertise of the officers who investigate rapes, I believe more survivors might report if they understand that their cases will be taken seriously, and that they will be provided the support of officers who specialize in rape and sexual assault. I have heard too many accounts from survivors that they've been asked victim-blaming questions by officers who come to investigate, and that the experience of reporting was more traumatic that it should be. Hopefully, the British are on the path to changing that.
UPDATE: Also, my third and fourth Feministe posts are up!