Ulrika Jonsson 'wouldn't report' rape if it happened today due to police distrust

The popular TV presenter admits that she feels female victims aren't taken seriously by the police

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LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 20:  Ulrika Jonsson attends the World Premiere of 'One Direction: This Is Us' at Empire Leicester Square on August 20, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
Ulrika Jonsson has admitted she still wouldn't report her rape today. (Getty Images)

Ulrika Jonsson has claimed that she would not report her rape if it happened today due to feeling "deeply uneasy" about the police.

The popular TV presenter has lashed out at modern policing standards slamming forces around the UK for seemingly having "an indifference about women and their safety."

Jonsson's comments come after a Kent police station described rape and sexual assault as "non-emergency," comparative with anti-social behaviour and "compliments."

BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10:  Ulrika Jonsson is evicted from the Big Brother house during the final of Ultimate Big Brother on September 10, 2010 in Borehamwood, England.  (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
Jonsson says the police make her feel 'deeply uneasy.' (Getty Images)

Back in 2002 Jonsson, 55, wrote in a memoir that she had been raped 15 years earlier as she was starting out in her career as a morning TV weather girl, aged 20.

Jonsson said at the time she didn't report the sexual assault as she knew her attacker and felt that she would not be believed.

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Talking in her column for The Sun Jonsson explained feeling at the time "there was no such crime as date rape," as she confessed that even now she wouldn't go to the police over fears of not being taken seriously.

She said: "Society had taught me that I - as a woman - was culpable for finding myself alone in a room with a man. I lived with that guilt and felt it for decades. I’ve thought many, many times over the years about what I would do if - God forbid - I was raped again.

Cobra with Ulrika Jonsson and Warrior. (John Jones - PA Images via Getty Images)
Jonsson rose to fame in the '90s hosting shows like Gladiators. (Getty Images)

"I’ve written in this column that I would like to think I would report it, regardless of the circumstances. But as I write for you today, I can’t say that I would."

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Metropolitan police officers have hit the headlines several times recently with a review finding the force "institutionally racist, misogynistic and homophobic."

The Casey Review has called for a "complete overhaul," of the Met in a 363 page document that slams a failure to protect women.

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The review - which was commissioned following the abduction, rape, and murder of Sarah Everard by police officer Wayne Couzens - found that organisational changes have led to increased risk for women and children.

Violent crimes perpetrated against women and children are reportedly not being taken as seriously as other forms of violence, with one officer claiming rape has essentially been legalised in London due to the low capture and conviction rate.

If you or someone you know have been affected by the issues highlighted in this story please contact Rape Crisis for help and advice or call free on 0808 500 2222 24 hours a day 365 days a year.