A teenage girl who told police she was raped in Westcliff has withdrawn her allegation.*sigh*
Police appealed for information about the attack in Glenwood Avenue on November 9, 2010.At least it never went as far as an arrest. Though there’s one arrest that’s needed, and isn’t going to happen:
The girl claimed that a man in a vehicle drove behind her and then stopped. She claimed the man got out of the vehicle and she was raped in a nearby alleyway.
The teenage will not be prosecuted.Naturally, there's always a few ready to leap to her defence:
Ray1963, Southend On sea says...Those boundaries of 'child/adult' as so flexible, aren't they?
Let's just wait until we get the full story in friday's Echo before jumping to any conclusions, after all she is just a teenager and therefore probably a child.
PurplePrincess, Westcliff says...Yes, rape cases are traumatic for the victim. And according to 'Purple Princess', there's only ever one victim.
Just because she’s withdrawn the allegation doesn’t necessarily mean the rape didn’t happen. Most rape cases don’t make it to court as the whole ordeal is so traumatic for the victim. Now, I’m not saying that is the case here but as the Echo as the journalistic ability of a seven year old, it’s left out most of the facts, so let’s not jump to conclusion on the basis of what is printed here.
maddriver, Benfleet says...Keeps it off their stats, doesn't it?
For your information the following was reported on the BBC website:
"Police said the teenager had since confirmed that she was not raped, had apologised and was "extremely remorseful".
The girl will not be prosecuted but is working with a youth offending team, Essex Police said."
Presumably the reason that no prosecution was made was because of the girl's agreement to work with a youth offending team.
Well, not off mine.