A rape victim who was not taken seriously and arrested after complaining to the police has received an apology and a £20,000 payout.
The unidentified female who was 17 at the time of the incident three years ago said she had tried to commit suicide when police officers threatened her with repercussions for what they thought were lies.
The rapist was convicted and imprisoned five years after the complaint was made thanks to the Human Rights Act according to the victim’s lawyer, Debaleena Dasgupta.
The incident took place in 2012 while the victim was at a house with a group of friends and was raped by one of the members. She informed the police but her mother said they “weren’t very sympathetic”.
The police did not carry out full tests and failed to find evidence despite the victim’s claim of forensic evidence on her clothing.