Letter: Police Pooh-Pooh Sex Assault

Dear Editor,

When Honolulu police Captain Rade Vanic was interviewed about the inconsistencies of the Robert Allenby case, he told a reporter that victims sometimes fabricate stories, such as in sex assault cases. (“Golfer’s ‘stupidity’ led to his wounds, man says,” Star-Advertiser, Jan. 22).

The federal Justice Department estimates false reports at 2 percent. Vanic’s statement illustrates the bias that survivors face when reporting an assault.

Survivors of sexual assault already have concerns about being believed by law enforcement in the criminal justice system. Is it any wonder that sex assault continues to be under-reported?

Jeanne Y. Ohta
Co-chair, Hawaii State Democratic Women’s Caucus

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