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article imageOp-Ed: Sexual predators in the UK

By Alexander Baron     Oct 12, 2012 in Crime
London - The name Jimmy Savile may be dominating the news about sexual predators in the UK, but whether or not he was a serial paedophile, there are plenty of others out there.
We start with John Barney, a convicted rapist who is serving a ten year sentence in Scotland. This week he found himself back in court having pleaded guilty to possessing indecent images and videos of children on his computer. He was given a one year sentence to run concurrent with the ten year stretch he is already serving, which sounds like no additional punishment at all.
Marlon Barnes ran training sessions for young football players. He won't be doing that anymore, because in addition to his two year sentence for sexually assaulting a 16 year old, he has been placed on the sex offenders register for ten years. The offence happened at the Alexandra recreation ground next to Alexandra Park in Penge. Although Barnes was convicted in August, he was sentenced only last Friday, which probably means it won't be too long before he is back on the street, that is if the police don't arrest him at the prison gate, because they believe he may have committed other offences.
Still in the London Borough of Bromley, back in July, the police issued an e-fit of a man wanted in connection with a sexual assault on a woman, and he is still at large. Take a good look and see if the stupid grin rings any bells.
An e-fit of a sexual predator issued by the Metropolitan Police in the London Borough of Bromley aft...
An e-fit of a sexual predator issued by the Metropolitan Police in the London Borough of Bromley after an indecent assault on a young woman, July 17, 2012.
Metropolitan Police
Finally, there is no pleasing some people. The Metropolitan Police have launched a new initiative to tackle rape in the capital which includes shutting down premises targeted by sexual predators, and other improvements, but, according to one report a spokesperson for Women Against Rape (presumably that means a spokeswoman) is quoted as saying: "These so-called prevention strategies are a diversion from what's needed: thorough unbiased investigations and prosecutions so rapists are caught and convicted, and rape is discouraged".
She added: "Telling men not to rape will have no effect when the reality is that 93% of rapes don't reach conviction. Victims want their attackers prosecuted for rape, not for some unconnected crime".
And finished "What makes women vulnerable is that the authorities side with the rapist rather than the victim: victims are disbelieved, especially if they have been attacked before".
That is rather a lot to digest, and as usual with zealots, it leaves much to be desired. On the one hand we are told unbiased investigations are needed, then we are told that 93% of rapes do not result in any sort of conviction. What this means in real English is that 93% of rape allegations do not result in a conviction. There could be a good reason for this. In fact there could be many good reasons: rape liar Karen Cosford is one; rape liar Angela Gilbert is another; and Wanette Gibson is a third. Correction, her allegation of rape did result in a conviction, teenager Brian Banks served five years - the best years of his life - for a rape that never happened. Yeah, the police do side with the rapist don't they? or in that case, and not a few others, with the perpetrator.
The case of Karen Cosford proves that an alleged rape victim is not necessarily to be believed even if the man she accuses has done it before, and like Angela Gilbert's crying wolf, the sad case of Brian Banks proves that false allegations of rape happen in the United States too, and doubtless everywhere else. What was that about 93%?
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