A woman has claimed the man who confessed to raping her will not face criminal charges.
Bonny Turner, 41, believes rape has been ‘decriminalised’ by prosecutors who are more concerned with their conviction rates than they are about bringing sex attackers to justice.
She has waived her right to anonymity to speak about the alleged attack in a hotel in 2016 by a man she knew.
He left Britain shortly after the attack, but Bonny told the Independent that he messaged her apologising for what he had done.
In the exchange on Facebook, Bonny told him that she had been ‘fast asleep’ when he allegedly forced himself onto her.
He allegedly replied: ‘I know. I made a huge mistake and have been thinking about how wrong I was since then. Please forgive me.’
Bonny claimed he said he ‘noticed too late’ that she was asleep and added: ‘That is why I stopped, but I should not have even tried from the beginning. I am so deeply sorry.’
After reporting what he had said to the police, Bonny was questioned for five hours at a London police station and was asked to hand over her mobile phone and access to her personal accounts on social media.
She does not know what was taken from her mobile, but later found police had demanded one of her former employers hand over information about a workplace bullying complaint.
Although it never went any further, she believes it would have been used against her.
The man was not interviewed about the incident until more than a year after Bonny first made her complaints to the police.
After a two-year investigation and another year appealing their decision not to prosecute, Bonny was told there was nothing else to be done.
And in January, the High Court declined an application for a judicial review of the CPS decision.
Speaking of their decision, Bonny said: ‘Some of my family and friends have said I just need to get on with my life.
‘I don’t know how that’s possible given how angry, exhausted and unsafe I feel just surviving in this world.’
Whistleblowers from inside the CPS and police said that the policy of judging cases on evidence has been circumvented by a ‘secret policy’ instructing prosecutors to predict what a jury is likely to decide, stopping real cases from ever getting to court.
This has artificially improved their rape convictions.
But recent figures have shown there has been a 23.1 per cent decline in rape charges being laid between 2016 and 2017.
Prosecutions have also fallen in the past year to only 1.7 per cent of reported rapes, the lowest in five years.
Bonny’s case is now being used in a dossier being collecting by the Centre for Women’s Justice to launch a lawsuit against the CPS for dropping a large number of ‘weak cases’.
A CPS spokesperson told Metro.co.uk: ‘Rape is one of the most complex and challenging offences to prosecute, and we recognise that our decisions have a profound impact on the individuals affected.’
They added that all available evidence was ‘carefully considered’ and it was concluded there was ‘no realistic prospect of conviction.’