Note to Biden: Cops Arent Answer to Rape

by Womens eNews | Womens eNews
Tuesday, 1 November 2011 22:50 GMT

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(WOMENSENEWS)--Vice President Joe Biden recently criticized opponents of the president's failed jobs bill on the grounds that--among other things--rapes "will continue to rise" if the bill isn't passed. His reason: the bill would have paid for more police officers who could get to the scene of the crime and prevent a rape. This is nonsense. Rape victims almost never call 911 because they rarely report the crime right away. Even when then they do, the cop almost never shows up in time to prevent the crime; not because there aren't enough officers on duty, but because by the time the victim is free enough to call 911, the perpetrator is long gone.