Alleged rape victim wants case reopened

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An alleged rape victim has criticised the Crown Prosecution Service, claiming it told her she wasn’t “strong enough” to give evidence.

The victim, who lives in Northamptonshire but cannot be named for legal reasons, claims she was raped in her flat by a friend. She said: “I was a rape victim two years ago and I reported it, there was lots of evidence against my attacker but it was the CPS who decided not to take it to court. I will try my best to get this into court so I can have a fair trial.”

She claims the reasons the CPS gave for not proceeding were that she let her attacker in; she shouldn’t have been wearing what she was when she let him in and they didn’t believe she was strong enough to stand up in court to get the case heard.

She said: “I am a strong person and I would have handled the cross examining questions.”

A CPS spokesman said: “When deciding whether to prosecute a case of rape, prosecutors must be able to prove beyond reasonable doubt not only whether sexual intercourse has taken place, but that the victim did not consent, and the defendant did not reasonably believe she consented.

“The decision not to charge in this case was not made on the basis of her attire, her having let the defendant into her house or her ability to attend court, but because the issue of consent could only be argued as one person’s word against another. A decision not to charge someone with rape does not imply that nobody believes the complainant, but that when weighing up the evidence available, a properly directed jury who has heard the accounts from the prosecution and defence, will be less likely to convict than not.”