UK police ‘discouraged’ woman from pursuing Cyprus rape case

Image copyright Getty Images A woman who says she was raped on holiday in Cyprus has told BBC News she was “discouraged” by Police Scotland from pursuing the case.She said a Scottish man had spiked her drink at a beach party and then raped her in Ayia Napa two years ago.But when she had told…

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A girl who says she used to be raped on vacation in Cyprus has informed BBC Information she used to be “discouraged” via Police Scotland from pursuing the case.

She mentioned a Scottish guy had spiked her drink at a seashore birthday celebration after which raped her in Ayia Napa two years in the past.

But if she had informed police again house, that they had been “dismissive”, pronouncing it could be exhausting to search out the person and she or he had determined to not take additional motion.

The power mentioned she have been interviewed via specially-trained officials.

Her tale comes after a separate British lady used to be given a suspended sentence previous this month for mendacity about being raped via a bunch of younger males.

‘Touching my boobs’

Sophie – no longer her actual title – informed the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme she remembered “going out and in of awareness” all over the rape and had woken up at the seashore.

“I used to be raped simply out of doors the birthday celebration however even the ambience within used to be so sexualised,” she mentioned.

“Males had been touching my boobs.

“It used to be virtually as though the boys felt entitled to the touch the ladies, younger ladies.

“It is simply the tradition there… and it is so no longer proper.

“There have been taxi males who would supply unfastened lifts to bars only for ladies.

“My pals took one of the crucial unfastened lifts one time and the next night time the similar taxi males simply confirmed up at our villa unannounced – he touched my boobs.

“After seeing what Ayia Napa used to be like… and as I did not know a lot concerning the rules there, I did not really feel comfy going to the police there.

“Particularly as the entire position had a number of males being creepy.”

‘Tricky on sufferers’

Sophie returned to the United Kingdom as briefly as conceivable and went to look a GP, who informed her to record the rape to police.

She mentioned that they had informed her they “may just do assessments to look if I used to be drugged however finally they did not even do any assessments”.

“They had been very dismissive from the outset,” she mentioned.

“They mentioned they might have handy over to the Cypriot police.

“I requested them to test if my anonymity could be compromised they usually mentioned they did not know.

“They had been discouraging and mentioned it could be tough to search out the rapist, that the courts will also be tricky on sufferers and that I would be scrutinised so much.”

Sophie determined at that time she would no longer take to any extent further motion.

She attended a sexual attack medical institution, the place swabs had been taken for proof in case she sought after to return to the government in long term, however she has but to do that.

Det Supt Donna Duffy, Higher Glasgow Department, mentioned it used to be contacted via Sophie in June 2017.

“The lady used to be interviewed via two specially-trained officials from Higher Glasgow Divisional Rape Investigation Unit, alternatively, no formal criticism used to be made.

“We’re ignorant of any forensic assessments confirming the presence of DNA following a scientific exam at a sexual attack medical institution.

“Police Scotland totally investigates all studies of sexual offences and might be attentive to the desires of the sufferer. Given the tips supplied we will be able to make efforts to talk to this lady once more within the coming days.”

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