Here’s an article in Mother Jones that speaks of police dismissing rape reports when the victim is of a vulnerable population:
The statistics do not surprise me. Not at all. I went to my local police in Watertown MA in June of 2012 and got the same response. They told me my story had been “fabricated.” But it wasn’t.
Looking back, it has taken me quite a while to realize what really happened. After I phoned them, they looked up his record. Nothing. Spotless. A vet. Me? They already know I had a mental record. They’d been to my home enough times!
I truly believe the response they gave me had been prepared ahead of time. That is, they never had any intentions of investigating. They even offered me a ride to the mental hospital (not in those words, mind you). They had already assumed I was making it up or delusional. I doubt my going in there and giving the report had any influence over them at all.
I had not gone in there asking for “mental help.” I didn’t go in there requesting a shoulder to cry on. I wanted him stopped so that he would stop harming others. They failed me.
The whole damn town failed me. They might as well have shoved me down that downward spiral.
Don’t expect to have any recourse after these things happen. We can only pick up the pieces and try to put our lives back together. And screw ’em all.