There were some measures already in place, he explained: "We put training in place to make sure that everyone who potentially comes into contact with that person has the knowledge to put them to the specialist."
A survey of 1,000 adult women in the UK found that 16 percent of respondents said they have had sex against their will. Of these:
Only 78% did not report it to police
26% did not think there was a strong chance of prosecution
18% did not think there was enough support from the legal system to help them through the process
The latest national figures from the Office for National Statistics estimate that only 16% of the 95,000 rapes that occur in the UK annually are reported, and that only 1% of these end in a conviction.
A man from Cambridge has been jailed for three years after being convicted of raping a young boy when he was a teenager. 29-year-old Gavin Randall of Kingsway, Cambridge, abused the boy at an address in the city at some point between 1998 and 2001.
The boy, who was about 10 at the time of the offence, went to police in September 2011 to report the assault.
The Women's Resource Centre, a charity which supports women's organisations has condemned Metropolitan Police after an IPCC report found officers had pressurised women to drop rape claims:
Yet another catastrophic outcome for women and children as a result of serious and endemic institutionalised failings within the police, and even more worryingly within a specific unit of the police set up to deal with rape and sexual violence.
They are obviously not fit for purpose! When will the institutionalised sexism obviously rife across the country be properly and satisfactorily addressed? Furthermore, in the wake of £3billion worth of cuts to the women’s sector under this coalition government, when will the life-saving work of women's charitable organisations be fully resourced to ensure appropriate support is available to women who have experienced such heinous crimes?