[Trigger warning for sexual violence; institutional doubt of survivors.]
"I am betting nine out of 10 times, when a woman asks for a female detective the story is going to be untrue."—Lt. Adam Lamboy, commander of the Manhattan Special Victims Squad, in a story about how the NYPD Special Victims Division does its job, explaining that if a woman who reports being raped requests a female detective, the request is "taken as a sign of possible deception" because the "operative theory is that women who are lying think female cops will be more receptive to their stories."
It is absolutely horrendous to think that there have been women whose allegations have been dismissed out of hand because, in the aftermath of having been brutally violated by a man, they mustered up the gumption to request a female cop with whom they'd feel safer discussing that most intimate of crimes against them.
[H/T to Shaker Ellen.]