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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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