A woman who reported being raped in her own home said she “felt lost, angry, and worthless” when her case was silently closed by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) despite being a “ Slam-Dunk-Case “acted.
Kat Araniello, 44, said one officer was so convinced the suspect would be convicted that she said she would quit if he wasn’t.
But the charges were dropped three months later after the CPS ruled that Miss Araniello looked “not worried enough” in her first interview with the police, hours after she was allegedly assaulted a second time.
Miss Araniello, who waived her right to anonymity, said: “I felt empty when the case was dropped – lost, angry, worthless.
“I was scared, I didn’t want to go home, I had nightmares, I was worried about my safety.
“Nobody prepared me for this to be a possibility – I was told he would be convicted. I was ready to testify in the process if necessary. So I left the feeling that there is no justice in this world. “
Miss Araniello, a Hertfordshire mother of one, said she was raped twice a few years ago by a man she had recently dated.
The second time after the suspect used knives in the alleged attack, she fled the house and told her friend, who contacted the police.
She initially denied that anything unusual had happened because her suspected attacker stayed nearby, but said she tried to signal the police that there was a problem.
Two days later, she contacted the police and was optimistic that justice would be done.
“My cop was really good,” said Miss Araniello.
“She came to my house, interviewed me, and said she would hand over her badge if it wasn’t convicted. I was told it was a “slam dunk case”.
“She was so upset when it was dropped.”
Miss Araniello said she felt abandoned throughout the process.
She said she was told to collect the knives used in the second alleged rape and walk across town to her local police station instead of having police confiscate the evidence from her home.
She said she felt the prosecutors were influenced by so-called “rape myths” and ignored the burden of proof against the suspect.
And she said she was only told that her case was dropped some time after he was released, which meant she had no idea he was walking the streets.
“My character was in question,” said Miss Araniello.
“I thought: how did that happen? I am a credible witness and I have all of this evidence.
“I know it depends on my word against his, but when I saw the evidence, I thought, ‘There’s no way you will believe him anymore.”
“After the first rape, there were text messages from him telling me that he was so sorry. He said he wanted to kill himself – you don’t send these messages if you break a cup or anything.
“It was like they were saying I wasn’t really raped.”
She added, “They (prosecutors) said my behavior during my interview with the police was normal, that I ‘didn’t look alarmed enough’.
“I asked them if they knew about trauma reactions (how people react to sudden and painful experiences) and they didn’t even know what they were.
“This is a lack of training problem, but are these the people who make the decisions?
“The CPS needs new leadership, new blood, and a lot more rape training.
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“This decision doesn’t just affect the victim. I’ve lost friends and fallen out with certain family members because they believe. I couldn’t raise my child properly.
“I’m still getting therapy three years later, and thank God because it was vital.
“My company paid for it and, frankly, it saved me.
“But not everyone can access it. Not everyone will have the means.
“So they’re put on a waiting list – coming two years later might be too late.
“If I can feel so down, God helps anyone who doesn’t have that support.”