A 13-year-old victim of the New Zealand “rape club” says she filed a complain two years ago and police did nothing about it.
Auckland police repeatedly said they were unable to stop a group of teenage boys calling themselves the “Roast Busters” from picking up underage girls, plying them with alcohol, and gang raping them over the last two years because none of the victims ever filed a formal complaint.
Waitematä Police District Commander Superintendent Bill Searle said he was told no formal complaint existed because there was confusion over what constituted a formal complaint. Searle called it a “miscommunication.”
Searle told 3 News on Thursday that the reason not to prosecute the girl’s alleged attacks will be reviewed in the coming days.
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"I was briefed there was no formal complaint. As far as I'm concerned what the lady said was a formal complaint. I'd like to apologize to her for any stress that this would have caused," Searle said.
When she filed the complaint in 2011, the victim, who is not 15, says police asked a “lot of questions” about what she was wearing when she was sexually assaulted. One officer even asked “why did you go out in this skirt?”
"It's not part of our policy, it's not part of our general practice to ask these sorts of questions," Searle said.
After the complaint was made public, the New Zealand government ordered a probe into how police handled the case.
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Prime Minister John Key called the investigation "disappointing" and "frankly, not good enough.”
"This is a very serious issue. Parents around New Zealand will want to know that in the event their daughters make a complaint to police it's taken seriously, and actually, we're entitled to know all of the facts up front," Key said.
Police minister Anne Tolley said she learned more about the investigation from the media than from police.
"Parents of young girls need to have confidence that complaints to police about sexual assault are investigated thoroughly and appropriately," Tolley said in a statement.
"I don't expect to be told finer details of police operations. Police must remain independent of politicians. But I do expect police to be talking to each other," she said.