Via Pandagon, I just discovered the fascinating blog PC Bloggs, written by “one very hacked off [UK] policewoman”. She gives helpful tips for rape victims here and she compares instructions given to officers responding to rapes of men and women here.
Incident 1: Caller reporting her 17-year-old daughter was raped last night by two named offenders after going out drinking at her local pub. Daughter is very distressed and sore. Update from supervisor: Officers to attend and establish the following:
1. Is the daughter making an allegation? 2. Names and descriptions of alleged offenders. 3. How much alcohol was consumed? 4. If allegation is being made, locate scene. 5. Will the victim attend court? 6. If allegation could be true, will she consent to a medical?
Incident 2:Caller reporting her 18-year-old son was raped last night by a male known to him, following a party at his house. Son is in pain and upset. Update from supervisor: Officers to attend and establish the following:
1. Locate the crime scene. 2. Arrange medical examination and take victim to rape suite. 3. Name/description of offender. 4. Preserve forensic evidence, seize clothing.
Obvious inequities here, and it’s outrageous, as well as important to see. But it’s worth noting that the instructions for Incident 2 probably would have been very different if the victim was returning from a gay club, or if the victim was in prison.