MEDIA STATEMENT, by Women Against Rape 5 Jan 2017
There has been an outcry at the parole of Warboys after serving 10 years for 19 offences against 12 women. Yet the police say that other women had reported him, perhaps up to 100, but he is about to be released without being tried for these crimes. Why didn’t the CPS take him back to court? Will they do so now, or continue to let him get away with it? If he asks for protection such as a new identity will the authorities continue to protect him?
The scandalous way this case has been handled is typical of how the criminal justice system protects violent men while dissing their victims – like the police officer who laughed in a woman’s face when she tried to report Warboys, the pattern of attacks that police did not connect for ages, his release on bail (when he committed 14 offences). One lawyer said her client’s evidence was so poorly gathered that the CPS could not take it to court. In a case like this the police seem to be committed to defending the rapist.
Safety and justice for the women he attacked and other potential victims has rarely been the priority.
Tragically this is not the only man who got off lightly for heavy and violent crime. Serial rapists, child abusers, domestic murderers are routinely being let off to attack again – from the child abuse scandals in Rotherham and many other cities, to the murder of partners. Consider Theodore Johnson, who killed three partners, and Robert Trigg, who killed two partners and almost got away with claiming they were both accidental, except for an 8-year campaign by in-laws. Two women a week are killed by partners and former partners but stopping that terrorism which makes many more victims is never prioritised.
Some of Warboys’ victims sued the police for the refusal to properly investigate and won damages, but the police have appealed. The judgement has not been released yet. Can we expect them to get away again with this horrendous failing in their duty of care?
The government which is backing the police in their appeal against Warboys’ victims has also cut escape routes for women and children – from refuges to public housing to benefits.
Once again rapists will get the message: if you committed one of the 6.5 % of rapes that ended in conviction, you may feel unlucky, but need not feel guilty.