Listener: How a woman’s rape complaint led to her arrest for underage sex

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The shocking story of a woman who went to the police to complain of rape and ended up charged with having underage sex with her alleged assailant. 

A Wellington woman who found herself on trial after alleging that she’d been raped by a teenage boy says she has lost all faith in the police. The 31-year-old was acquitted at a jury trial, but police have not pursued the 14-year-old she accused of rape.

Speaking publicly for the first time about her ordeal, the woman we’ll call Bex (her name is suppressed) told the Listener the experience left her “broken” and suicidal. “I personally wouldn’t go to the police again,” she says.

The boy she claims raped her was the son of her lesbian fiancée, who supported her when she laid the complaint, saying she recognised her son needed help. But at a trial in July last year, the fiancée testified for the prosecution. Bex was ultimately acquitted of three charges of sexual connection with a young person, and wilfully attempting to pervert the course of justice.

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