Mankind Cannot Bear Very Much Reality…

Figures released last month from 31 police forces after an FOI request by the BBC revealed that most offences of revenge porn do not result in a criminal charge. Revenge porn – or disclosing private sexual photographs and films without the consent of the individual and with intent to cause distress – became a criminal offence in England and Wales in April 2015.

I wish the ‘Guardian’ would make up its mind – is it on the side of poor disadvantaged crims, or does it want to ensure there are more and more crims every year?

The mother of a 15-year-old victim of revenge porn has criticised police for letting the perpetrator off with a caution despite evidence he targeted five women over several months.

Police ‘let people off with a caution’ quite a lot of the time. Even for theft and assault. Why should this be any different?

Insp Rachel Barrow of Sussex police defended the decision to caution the suspect: “We made the decision to caution the suspect, based on appropriateness in relation to the offender, the offence and the likelihood of being effective in preventing reoffending. In this case, the suspect spent some time in police custody.

“This decision fits the national framework for out-of-court disposals, and simple cautions are available for adults for any offence, including some serious offences. We have contacted the website to request the images be removed.”

Here’s where the SJW desire to have an ever-increasing list of infractions rubs up against the basic fact of finite space inside our courts and prison system.

So maybe expectations of immediate crushing State action should have been tempered at the outset?

One father summed up the fears of many: “My daughter has been a victim of naked pictures being posted online and although we reported it to the police their attitude has been complacent and unsupportive and indeed caused her more distress. The ‘nothing we can do, you shouldn’t have taken the pictures in the first place’ comments … have had a devastating effect on her,” he said.

“The pictures look like they were stolen. My problem is this: how do I help console her, what advice can I give her? My original advice to go the police has massively backfired and made the problem ten times worse.”

No, the police are – for once! – being straight up with you. It does indeed take two to tango, and if you’re daft enough to to take nude pics, you must accept some of the blame if they escape from your control.

Higgins was one of the first to notice the emerging crime, after setting up a professional helpline for teachers and social workers in south-west England five years ago.

“We had a school contact us about one of their teachers, pictures of her had gone viral and the kids were sharing them,” said Higgins. “The school had suspended her, which we felt was a bit harsh. We asked them to get her to call us … she was distraught, absolutely in shock. She said she hadn’t been able to bring herself to look. She asked us: ‘Is it bad? How much is out there?’

“There came a point when we realised that this was a real issue. There were so many victims but they did not know they were victims. They thought they were the only one.”

If a tree falls in the forest and no-one hears it, does it make a sound? Similarly, if you don’t know you’re a ‘victim’ – maybe you aren’t one?

Unless, of course, it’s in someone’s (financial) interest that you be one….

7 comments for “Mankind Cannot Bear Very Much Reality…

  1. The Jannie
    May 14, 2016 at 10:52 am

    Doesn’t being “let off with a caution” mean that they’ve essentially pleaded guilty but are being let off appearing before magistrates?

    • May 15, 2016 at 6:40 am

      Yes. And still have a criminal record, which hinders all sorts of things. But the outraged rarely bother with such niceties.

  2. Errol
    May 14, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    The Guardian, like it’s readers, like laws. Laws give them power to force peple to behave as they want to. However laws don’t work when you abrogate repsonsibility from people *not to* commit crime.

    Lefties like laws. They like big government. What they *don’t like* is when those laws are used against them. They also don’t like when the system doesn’t conform to their demands.

    • May 15, 2016 at 6:41 am

      And they inevitably will be used against them. Then we’ll see some wailing!

  3. Penseivat
    May 14, 2016 at 7:21 pm

    To have the opportunity of accepting a caution, the person must have admitted committing a criminal act. This then leads the way to civil action for damages to compensate for lost reputation, the humiliation, and possibly loss of future earnings if prospective employers are able to view pictures or videos of the victim. This can be be done in the full glare of publicity. That it will have an effect on the spouse or parents of the offender can only add to the shame of that offender, plus send a warning to other potential partners. Personally, I feel it is no more than they deserve. They could also be prosecuted under the Telecommunications Act and Obscene Offences Act in disseminating what can be classed as pornographic material. Having to sign on the sexual offenders register for a period of time should concentrate the mind wonderfully if they consider doing it again.

    • May 15, 2016 at 6:42 am

      It seems the caution is now being reconsidered. Can it be ‘withdrawn’ to pursue a higher charge? Or is this part of the new double jeopardy law?

  4. Mudplugger
    May 15, 2016 at 9:26 am

    There is a currently under-reported case where two inebriated folk became a little over-familiar in public last year near Waterloo Station and were given ‘cautions’ by police.
    Turns out both were barristers: turns out that, a few weeks later, the lady barrister decided to decline the ‘caution’ retrospectively and now maintain that she had been sexually assaulted, which brings the side-benefit of anonymity for her (but not him, obviously).
    Turns out this lady has a very high-profile husband, one whose current public activities could be somewhat compromised were this to be fully reported.
    Turns out the law can be quite useful if you know how to play tunes on it – turns out we knew that all along.

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