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Under-reported
Sex Crimes
Police officers can get into the habit of
substituting their own criteria for what
constitutes a crime.  Sex crimes are
particularly susceptible to this ad hoc way
of doing things.  While rape is a vastly
under reported crime due to a number of
reasons unique to the victims, police
officers do their share in keeping rape,
and other sexual assaults, as under
reported crimes.

Police officers don't operate in a vacuum.  
Police leadership and prosecutors aren't
any better.  The first group loves to
maintain low crime numbers, and the
second group doesn't need the extra
work.  A rapist only becomes of
importance when he rapes too many, or
he rapes the wrong woman.  Murder
does get attention.  A rapist will quickly
get the attention of the media and
authorities, usually in that order, when
he murders his victims following the
rapes or sexual assaults.
You get your arrest and search and
seizure warrants and off you go. You get
the suspect, the knife, and the car. Aside
from victim number five's two numbers in
the license plate being correct, you find a
big dent in the roof of the car just above
the driver's side of the windshield.
There's other, more ominous, evidence of
the violence that had occurred inside that
car…blood stains…a lot of blood stains.
The right side of the back seat is covered
in blood. There's blood on the inside of
the right rear passenger door, and on
the roof of the car. You speculate that
someone stepped from the car and stood
leaning over the top of the car as he or
she bled. Your suspect admits to forcibly
raping as many as thirty prostitutes over
a short period of time. He tells you he'd
pick up a prostitute every couple of days.
He denies killing anyone, and he won't
give you an explanation for the blood
stains.

As for this rapist, the only mistake he
made was crossing that city line.  Had he
stayed in Detective Clairvoyant's
jurisdiction, he would have never been
brought to justice.        

...used to protect the incompetent

I suppose you know, by now, that you
conducted a real investigation. The only
thing imaginary was your detective
status. In case there is a detective
somewhere named Clairvoyant, it should
be noted that in this investigation, the
name is an alias used to protect the
incompetent.

...sex offender registration

You hear a lot about sex offender
registration.  A lot of people feel really
good about knowing where sex offenders
live.  Police departments and
governments promote the registrations,
because they know it makes people feel
good.  There is an irony here…while police
departments are under reporting sex
crimes, they're depending on the public
to keep their eyes on the sex offenders.

Everyone knows, or should know, that
most sex offenders, particularly the really
dangerous ones, will re-offend.  While
police departments pretty much ignore
the rapes and sexual assaults of street
prostitutes, these women provide the
serial rapist with a comfort zone.  While
the serial rapist finds street prostitutes
to be easy prey and relatively risk free,
depending upon time, place, and
opportunity, any woman, regardless of
social status, can, and will, become his
victim.

...rarely report these crimes

Prostitutes come in at the very lowest
level on the victim scale. When a
prostitute is the victim of a crime of
violence, she's likely to receive little
attention from police. Prostitutes are
often raped, or otherwise assaulted, but
they rarely report these crimes to police.
In fact, most are reported only after the
prostitutes are admitted to hospitals for
emergency medical treatment, and police
are notified by hospital personnel.

...fears she'll be prosecuted

The prostitute will usually cooperate with
the police investigation; however, she will
almost always lie about the initial contact
between her and the suspect. She'll
report that she only accepted a ride from
the suspect, or the suspect forced her
into his car. Of course, the truth is that
she entered the suspect's car voluntarily
either immediately before, or after, a
verbal money for sex transaction was
completed. She'll give one of these two
versions to police, because she fears
she'll be prosecuted for soliciting
prostitution. There is a second reason as
well. Even though she regularly engages
in prostitution, she is ashamed of her
conduct, and she believes her solicitation
will justify the crime committed against
her.

...a prostitute can't be raped

While she's wrong on the first reason,
she's not too far off on the second one.
The initial police interview can end even
before it gets started. Far too many
police officers, as well as detectives
supposedly trained to conduct sex
crimes' investigations, believe a
prostitute can't be raped. Whenever a
victim prostitute utters one of those
obvious lies to an inexperienced,
incompetent, or biased investigator, the
quality of the interview deteriorates
rapidly. A good investigator will calmly
explain, to the victim, the importance of
her total truthfulness. The poor
investigator will seize on that first,
universal lie to humiliate the victim with
her obvious act of solicitation. The victim
will immediately become defensive, and
her cooperation will evaporate.

...paid to do a job

When you begin your police career, just
remember that you're being paid to do a
job.  You can't do that job if you classify
victims in order of importance.  You will,
for certain, come under pressure at some
point to downgrade or ignore certain
types of crime.  The pressure can be
overt, or it can be subtle.  When it comes
to sex crimes, the victim classification
phenomenon is pervasive, and it should
be immediately obvious to you.  If you
take your police career seriously, you'll go
against the flow, and you'll treat every
victim as a…victim.       
While rape is a unique crime, it is totally
similar to other crimes as to its
relationship to its victim.  In the eyes of
society, all victims are not the same.  
Sure…politicians, top cops, and
everybody else in positions of authority
and responsibility will  deny this reality
until their last breath.  Think about this.  
How many times have you seen a
prosecutor spending vast amounts of
time and resources prosecuting a
Date
Rape
?  I love that term…another creation
from the dictionary of political
correctness.  It's amazing how date rape
seems to be most prevalent among
people in the higher levels of the
socioeconomic scale.  Oh, well…what do I
know?

Here's what I do know.  There are a lot of
serial rapists running around raping at
will with little being done to apprehend
them.  As long as these rapists don't
attack, brutalize, and murder the wrong
women, they have little to fear.  When
the rapist murders, he does get some
attention since governments are so
preoccupied with their murder rates.  
But, as long as he doesn't make a habit
of it, he can return to his serial raping
without too much worry.
Detective Clairvoyant
Imagine yourself as a detective
investigating multiple rapes of street
prostitutes by the same suspect. You
send a flier to the sex offense units of
police departments in surrounding
jurisdictions. Your flier describes the
suspect, his vehicle, and his identical
method used in each crime. A couple of
days later, you arrive at your office to
find a message on your answering
machine. The message is from a detective
in a neighboring police department. After
the detective identifies himself, he states,
"I got a woman here who was with your
guy. Mine [this case] is unfounded, so
your's probably are too."

It takes you a while, but you finally locate
the prostitute to whom the seemingly
clairvoyant detective referred. She's
reluctant to discuss the rape and sodomy
committed against her since the other
detective threatened to arrest her for
making a false report. You finally convince
her to describe her incident with the
suspect, and you're quickly convinced
she had become your suspect's fifth
victim.
"While police departments pretty
much ignore the rapes and sexual
assaults of street prostitutes, these
women provide the serial rapist with
a comfort zone." ~ Barry M. Baker
She gives you some additional
information by providing you with two
numbers from the suspect's car license
plate. There's more…two days following
her release from the hospital, she saw
the suspect driving his car. She describes
how she threw a brick at the suspect
striking the roof of the car just above the
driver's side of the windshield.

A few days later, a detective from your
unit arrests a prostitute for soliciting him.
During her post arrest interview, she's
asked if she's ever been raped, or
assaulted, by a
John. She replies,
"Yea…just last night." As she describes
the sexual assault on her, it quickly
becomes evident to the detective that
she's a new victim in your investigation.
The only difference between the assault
on her and the others was the level of
violence. She explains that she realized
the guy would have probably killed her if
she resisted, so she complied totally with
his demands. You can only imagine how
this investigation would have transpired if
she would have ended up in the hospital,
and she'd been interviewed by Detective
Clairvoyant. The real bombshell comes
when she's ask to describe the suspect.
She looks at the detective and simply
says, "You already know who he is."

When the detective asks her why he
should know the suspect, the victim
replies, "He wrote down his stuff." In a
quizzical tone, the detective asks, "Who
wrote down what stuff?" She replies,
"The cop who stopped us." A little
stunned, the detective pauses as others
in the room crowd around the victim. She
goes on to explain that just seconds
after she entered the suspect's car, and
they pulled from the curb, a familiar
flashing blue light illuminated the interior
of the car. "The cop knew what was
going on," she said, "but neither of us
would admit to anything. So, he [officer]
just took the guy's license and went back
to his car." The amount of time the victim
estimated the police officer was in his car,
before returning the driver's license to
the suspect, indicated the police officer
had recorded the license information.

After the patrol officer released them, the
victim describes how the suspect drove
across the city line, and into an industrial
park, where he pulled a knife and raped
her. Now, everyone is stunned. What
kind of a man would rape a woman right
after being seen with her by a police
officer? He had to know the officer
probably wrote down his name from the
license. Of course, the license could be
fake, and the car could have been
recently stolen. What would Detective
Clairvoyant think about this bizarre string
of events? Then again, Detective
Clairvoyant would have never gotten this
far in the interview.

You set out to locate the car stop
information you hope exists. You soon
determine that the information is not in
the station house, but the police officer
who was working the post, where the car
stop allegedly occurred, is currently
working. You locate the patrol officer who
validates the car stop described by the
victim. The patrol officer reaches for his
clip board and flips through the papers.
He pulls one from the board and hands it
to you. It's a departmental car stop form
listing the suspect's complete driver's
license and vehicle registration
information.

Now, you've really got something with
which to work. You soon learn that all of
the information the patrol officer
recorded is real, and you answer the
question as to what kind of man would
be so bold to commit such a crime under
those circumstances. Your prime suspect
is a convicted rapist who recently finished
a ten year prison sentence. It was
obvious he hadn't done well in prison, for
he'd served every day of his sentence
with no parole or any accumulated good
time.

You begin tracking down your victims.
Each one identifies the suspect from
photo arrays. When you get to number
five, she tells you the suspect is in the
photo array, but she refuses to identify
him. She explains that Detective
Clairvoyant made her write a statement
saying she'd lied about the rape, because
the suspect refused to pay her. Her fear
of the detective proves to be stronger
than your assurances that she has
nothing to fear.
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