Met police proposed change in approach to sex abuse allegations: our response

Victims of sexual abuse have the right to be believed

We are deeply concerned with the Metropolitan Police's proposed move away from a position where "a victim should always be believed" to "a more neutral" one where a victim is not automatically given the benefit of the doubt.

An NSPCC spokesperson said:
"We are deeply disturbed that the proposed change of police approach to sexual abuse victims could be a serious bar to them coming forward. At a time when people have at long last found the confidence and courage to report these crimes it would be a tragedy to bring this progress to a juddering halt."

"Victims of sexual abuse have the right to be believed just as much as anyone reporting a burglary or physical assault. Police officers should have an open mind and execute the normal tests and investigations to verify the veracity of what is being alleged."

"Telling those who have been sexually abused they will no longer be automatically believed seems to be a panic measure which could have an adverse effect on a crime the government has classified as a 'national threat'."

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