On Wednesday 25th May Gloucestershire Constabularly held a live webchat about how the police locally deal with rape and sexual assaults. It is unclear if this was an exercise designed to counter poor publicity over the collapse of a recent rape case, or if it was a genuine attempt at two-way communication. A representative from GRASAC was also there.
Screenshots from the exchange can be viewed below, with opening comments at the top and closing at the bottom.
We really hope to work with Gloucestershire Constabularly, to stop them from making errors like this in future.
Earlier last year Gloucestershire Constabularly sent this tweet. Chelt Fems wrote a letter in response and received a rather insipid reply over two weeks later. Needless to say we were not impressed, and do not feel that Glos Police have either acknowledged their error or explained what they intend to do to prevent similar mistakes from being made in the future. As such, we are monitoring the communications sent out by them, and we will take further action if they persist in victim blaming.
In the two weeks between sending and receiving a response from Gloucestershire Constabulary, Chelt Fems set-up @PCTips. We sent Gloucestershire Constabulary lots of helpful #tipsfordicks who were worried they might threaten or assault people. Remember folks, male violence is never the fault of women.