Catherine had bi-polar disorder and manic depression. When she was in the middle of a mental health crisis, Catherine was raped by a stranger she had invited into her home. The next day she was detained by police when she was found stopping traffic, and admitted to hospital under the Mental Health Act. From the hospital, Catherine reported the rape to police in Cambridge where she lived. But two months later when she called to see how the investigation was going, she discovered nothing had been done and no crime had been recorded. By the time the investigation began, police had missed a number of opportunities to catch her attacker. Catherine believed her mental illness played a part in the failure to investigate and she decided to launch a formal complaint against the police force. An internal investigation failed to properly hold the officers involved to account, so Catherine then took legal action against the force. She argued that by not taking her case seriously, Cambridgeshire Police had failed in their duty under the Human Rights Act to investigate allegations of torture, inhuman or degrading treatment. The force settled out of court and sent Catherine a letter of apology.
Holding police to account after they failed a rape victim