As our glorious dead tree press descends into ‘penny dreadful’ country, Ms Raccoon has become correspondingly more obsessed with checking the small print – otherwise known as referring to the alleged ‘source documents’.
It can be fun sometimes, ranging from discovering that the nine year old boy alleged to have been abused ‘by an MP in parliament’ (actually ‘tortured, raped and abused’) had somehow contrived to have this occur a full year before said gentleman became an MP – to poring over boring documents issued by the CPS via well concealed ‘highlighted text’ on their web site.
The CPS said that 107,104 people were prosecuted for violence against women in 2014-15, up by nearly a fifth on the year before, while 78,773 were found guilty – up by 16.9 per cent on 2013/14.
Official figures from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) also showed that record numbers of men were being prosecuted for violent crimes against women, including rape and so-called honour based violence. In total, some 107,104 cases concerning violence against women and girls were prosecuted during 2014-15, a rise of 18.3% on the previous year.
It is hardly surprising that so many journalists quoted this document – it was, after all, released with a cover which loudly proclaimed ‘Violence Against Women and Girls 2014-2015’. It goes into those deeply fashionable crimes such as Female Genital Mutilation, and Honour Killings, everything designed to make the feminist heart beat faster. The figure of 107,104 cases prosecuted is correctly quoted. What could go wrong for your aspiring ‘copy and paste’ media employee?
Failing to check the small print, that’s what. Let me take you to the foot of page 19.
Oh, dear! Only 84% of the victims of ‘Violence Against Woman and Girls’ er, were women!
What gender were the other 16%, animal, mineral or vegetable? And regardless of which gender they fashionably identified with – what are they doing being included in your puff piece about how you are prosecuting increasing numbers of ‘violence against women and girls’?
A former priest from Derbyshire was sentenced to 15 years in prison for over twenty sexual offences against young people between six and 14-years-old between 1957 and 1991. He had fled while on bail in 1991 but was discovered in Tenerife and in 2013 he was arrested on a European Arrest Warrant to face charges against three of his victims. As a result of this news, four other victims came forward to report crimes he had committed against them. He pleaded guilty just a week before the trial which that meant his victims did not have to go through the ordeal of describing what happened to them in court.
Take this instantly recognisable case above. His victims were described at the time as ‘five altar boys and two young girls’. So, predominately male – and another of the guilty pleas…why are you so shy of outlining the violence that is used against males?
The CPS is expanding its work internationally:
In 2014- 2015 CPS provided advice and assistance in VAWG cases in connection with the following countries: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Egypt, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Israel, Jamaica, Kenya, Mauritius, Mongolia, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Turkey, UAE and USA.
This included enquiries to obtain witness statements, ABE interviews for victims, interview suspects, set up video links for live evidence, obtaining medical evidence, obtaining communications data, comparative law requests in extra-territorial jurisdiction cases, third party disclosure requests, jurisdictional issues and transferring proceedings to other countries.
Impressive eh? They must really know what they’re doing (apart from massaging their figures by including violence against men and transgendered individuals!)
They are terribly pleased with the fact that the proportion of successful ‘rape’ prosecutions has risen by 12.4% to 7,591 out of 9,798 – Yeah! 77% congratulations…er, until you once again consult the small print and check that against the ‘guilty’ pleas where even the CPS could hardly lose the case…
First you manage to ignore some 17,000 men who were the victim of domestic violence or rape, other than tucking them, unidentified, into your puff piece about how much you are doing for ‘International Violence Against Women and Children’ – then you sneak in the admission that actually you only manage to successfully prosecute where an offence is denied in 15% of cases overall.
It’s almost as though you are under the impression that only men can be perpetrators, and only women can be victims. Surely an independent prosecution service couldn’t be displaying bias?
* This piece was written following an e-mail tip-off from a reader (you know who you are!) but my attention has now been drawn to the work of Ally Fogg who had drawn attention to the self-same points 4 days ago. So hat tip rightfully where it belongs to Ally.