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Police Chief Denies Saying Most Rape Complaints About ‘Regretful Sex’

A former deputy commissioner in charge of London’s Metropolitan Police has been referred to law enforcement oversight after saying most rape complaints were simply about “regretful sex”.

Sir Stephen House, first Chief Constable of the Scottish Police after the resignation of Dame Cressida Dick and Deputy Commissioner of Metropolitan Police, said, “Most of what he thought was a term to describe, or explain “Used the term” or the rape complaint was the term “regret sex,” said Professor Betsy Stanko. Professor Betsy Stanko was the Home Secretary’s appointed adviser to the London Metropolitan Police’s investigation into the handling of rape cases, dubbed Operation Soteria.

Mr Stanko said of Sir Stephen, “I felt like they were not taking the problem seriously and were trying to minimize it.”

“He used a term to describe, or describe, what the majority of rape complaints were. It was the term ‘regret sex.'”

Operation Soteria found that some police officers “demonstrated a culture of distrust of victims.” according to to the BBC.

“Rape is a horrific crime with devastating and lasting consequences,” said Deputy Chief of Police Dame Lynn Owens, who referred the matter to the Independent Police Action Service (IOPC).

“The comments contained in the Operation Soteria Bluestone report are totally unacceptable,” she said.

“We recognize the risk of further undermining the confidence of victims to speak out, which we deeply regret.”

IOPC Regional Director Mel Palmer said the severity of the allegations against “very senior police officers” was “a matter of grave public concern and could affect public confidence in policing.” It is important that they are covered because they are for independent investigation. ”

Sir Stephen, who still works as a civilian at the Met, has “strongly” denied the allegations, specifically citing accusations of using the term “regret sex”.

“These are not words I’ve ever used in reference to rape or sexual assault. I’m pretty sure I didn’t say this because I just don’t believe it. I find that word abhorrent.” he insisted.

“It’s very upsetting to characterize me like this, and my colleagues who know me know how untrue it is.”

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