Boris Johnson has vowed to “stop nothing” to put more rapists behind bars after the tragic murder of Sarah Everard.
The prime minister acknowledged that punishment for sexual assault and rape is taking too long – and women feel that their complaints are not being taken seriously in the justice system.
But Boris has now said the government will “stop at nothing” to detain more rapists – because not enough of them are being convicted.
It follows the tragic rape and murder of Sarah Everard – who was snatched from the streets of London by twisted policeman Wayne Coozens.
The ailing cop was sentenced earlier this week to a full life sentence for his heinous crimes at the Old Bailey – after he faked arrest of the 33-year-old before raping her and strangling her with his police belt.
Speaking to the BBC’s Andrew Marr this morning, Boris Johnson said: “Rape trials are taking too long, we’re not convicting enough rapists. People feel it.
“Many women feel that their complaints are not being taken seriously. We need to systematically look at the whole way of dealing with rape.
“This government is taking what happened incredibly seriously.
“I want you to know that we will stop at nothing to put more rapists behind bars and that we have more successful trials for rape and sexual violence.
“Because that’s where I think it’s going wrong.
“I completely believe in this agenda, and we will do everything we can to solve it.”
The PM had earlier said that the public has a right to feel that the police is failing women and girls who have faced violence and sexual abuse.
Although Mr Johnson said there are many “amazing police officers” in this country, he acknowledged there was a problem with the way police treated women.
She said earlier this week: “There is no doubt an increasing number of complaints from women that are not being taken seriously.
“Undoubtedly going down is the number of successful trials for rape.
“The public knows this. They can feel it. They know something is going wrong with the system.”
Dame Cressida Dick’s job is now hanging by a thread as the Met Police commissioner faces a frenzy of calls to resign after “shattering” public confidence in the force.
On Thursday, she said “I’m so sorry” to Sarah’s family and said the Cousins have “put shame” on the whole of Scotland Yard.
Mr Johnson said he has spoken to Dick, 60, in recent days about how to boost rape trials and bring more convictions.
He added: “But there is another problem, partly due to the failure of the criminal justice system to deal with these. [cases].
“Are the police taking this issue seriously enough? It’s angry. I think the public thinks they’re not and they’re not wrong.”
He said: “Do I basically believe that the police are on our side? Yes, absolutely are. Can you trust the police? Yes you can.”
“But there is an issue with how we handle sexual violence, domestic violence, sensitivity, diligence, timing, delays, confusion about your mobile phone. That’s what we need to fix.”
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