Another former police officer is currently standing trial for historical rape charges (if you want more context for the ‘another’ read this post. In 1988 he handcuffed a woman who was giving him a lift home, took her into the police station and raped her multiple times.
I know there are many more women who have been raped by police officers. I know because they’ve told me. By e-mail, in comment threads, and in person. I only wish women who had been raped by police officers could count on people believing them.
I know that only the tiniest fraction of the women who were raped by police officers will ever get to tell their story. An even smaller fraction will have it believed. That women are prepared to come forward, after the way Louise Nicholas was treated, is an amazing testament for their courage, and their fight for justice.
There is one note in all this that gives me hope. It is the defence, not the prosecution, who is reminding the jury to put the trial of Bob Schollum, Brad Shipton, and Clint Rickards out of their mind. Those men were found of not guilty of the charges. The defence lawyer wants exactly the same result as their lawyers achieved, but he thinks that he will only achieve that if they
People believe that Clint Rickards, Bob Schollum and Brad Shipton are guilty; they believe Louise Nicholas. Defence lawyers think that the trial that became ‘the Louise Nicholas’ trial will make juries more likely to believe women and convict rapists.
That’s a huge step forward.
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