Dutch Newspaper Publishes Article About Police Failure In Exurb1a Rape Case
September 25, 2018, is the first day of the Dutch court case against youtuber Exurb1a and the Dutch police.
Dutch newspaper De Limburger, specifically journalist Annelies Hendrikx, investigated the police failure that happened in the case against Alexander McKechnie, also known as youtuber Exurb1a.
De Limburger published the article this morning, in which my lawyer Richard Korver and I gave an interview about the case. A thorough investigation regarding rape cases in The Netherlands was done by the newspaper. They started the article with statistics about rape in Limburg:
- In 2017 in Limburg 131 rapes were reported
- 10 lead to a court case
- Only 3 rapists were convicted (2.29%)
According to my lawyer Richard Korver, founder and chairman of LANGZ (National Lawyers Network for Violence and Sexual Assault Victims), did the police not investigate the case against Exurb1a at all. Exurb1a is not mentioned inside the article for legal reasons. A quote from Richard Korver from the article:
In the investigation article journalist Hendrikx describes the police failure that happened in the case. Some points mentioned:
How the police were ‘not able’ to trace down youtuber Exurb1a, even though he was publicly active on social media, and I provided his location after they weren’t able to find him: Not in Bulgaria, and not in England.
How my police files were not provided to my lawyer for 8 months and initially refused to be handed over, until 2 weeks before the court hearing, giving Korver little time to prepare for the court hearing.
How it took 6 times visiting 3 different police stations, before the police report was filed.
How police only sent the Bulgarian part of the case to Bulgaria (in Feburary 2018), seemingly after lawyer Richard Korver took on the case and filed a complaint in January 2017 (while police said they would send the case to Bulgaria in November 20).
How I started recording all telephone-conversations with the police (to prove what was happening regarding the failing police investigation).
An interview with the police officers handling my case is also included, who frankly didn’t dare to comment on my case at all due to ‘privacy’. They mainly describe how difficult it is to get a conviction in rape cases.
Only 2.29% rapists were convicted in Limburg, The Netherlands, in 2017. hOW CAN THIS BE? Isn’t that insane?
Yes, it is quite insane. However, even though these statistics are incredibly low, they are not unusual, since between 85-95% of accused rapists walk free. This statistic you can find throughout the world.
What could attribute to the statistics in Limburg is that the area in general has many Christians and is more religious than other parts of the country.
Furthermore, the Netherlands, specifically the province of Limburg, has had some major scandals concerning rape cases. Police in the NL has been found complicit in psychological abuse of rape victims.
Here are some statistics of other places to compare, specifically notice the conviction statistics in Northern Ireland, a very religious country too:
823 REPORTED RAPES IN NORTHERN IRELAND (UK) IN 1 YEAR WITH JUST 15 PEOPLE CONVICTED. (1.82%).
1745 REPORTED RAPES IN THE WEST MIDLANDS (UK) IN 1 YEAR WITH JUST 174 PEOPLE CONVICTED. (9.97%)
1205 REPORTED RAPES IN AVON AND SOMERSET (UK) IN 1 YEAR WITH JUST 86 PEOPLE CONVICTED. (7.14%)
131 REPORTED RAPES IN LIMBURG (THE NETHERLANDS) IN 1 YEAR WITH JUST 3 PEOPLE CONVICTED. (2.29%)
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