Rape victims like me are being failed by Victoria Police

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My name is Lena*. I was raped by a family member of a former senior member of Victoria Police. I was forced to report the crime to a station an hour away from where I live and where officers were likely to know my rapist's family.

After reporting it to police, I was told to consider the effect my allegations would have on my rapist’s future and that they "usually deal with more serious cases". After failing to collect critical evidence properly, and pressuring me to retract my statement, they dropped the case. 

When I made a formal complaint, I felt it was not taken seriously and it was simply sent back to the police station concerned to deal with.

My experience with Victoria Police significantly exacerbated the toll that the assault had taken on my mental health, studies, and finances.

Since starting this petition, I have been contacted by numerous women with similar stories of botched police investigations and unacceptable police attitudes towards victims.

I’m asking the Victorian Government to:

  • Ensure all police members are aware that crimes  can be investigated by any Victorian police station where there is likely to be bias or conflict of interest.
  • In order to prevent corruption, it should be made an offence for Police to use equipment to collect evidence without knowing how to use the equipment.
  • Police failure to collect critical evidence, or "losing" evidence, should be automatically and immediately investigated by an independent anti-corruption body.
  • Establish an INDEPENDENT body to investigate ALL alleged police misconduct. Police should not be investigating themselves.
  • Fund trained social work professionals at all police stations to guide victims of crime through the legal processes, to support them, and to provide information and crisis counselling. Many countries have this model and I believe it would also help to ensure police respond appropriately to sexual assault as there would be a witness to the conduct of the police.

Please don’t let the hell I have been through be in vain. Please sign my petition demanding a system that no longer fails rape victims.