A WOMAN targeted by a Twitter troll who made public her personal details after being sexually abused in Rotherham has said that police have let her down by dropping an investigation.
The victim had the legal right to anonymity but said that her name and address had been posted online in a malicious attempt to attract negative attention towards her.
A man was arrested but police confirmed that the investigation had since been closed because of “insufficient evidence”.
Victim’s Commissioner Dame Vera Baird said police had an obligation to protect witnesses following a trial.
The woman, known as Elizabeth (not her real name) said that she was “absolutely horrified” to see details of her identity posted on social media.
“It was my worst nightmare come true” she said. “You try and hide your name, you try and hide who you are for your own safety.”
Elizabeth said that she contacted South Yorkshire Police, who simply told her to “shut down your profile”.
Her father said he had received death threats and felt South Yorkshire Police had let his family down.
“They’re doing again to my family what they did 18 years ago,” he said.
“When we were phoning them up and warning them what was going off, we were being ignored and that’s exactly what they’re doing now.”
In a statement, South Yorkshire Police said it “takes all reports of crime extremely seriously and will always conduct a thorough investigation with the aim of bringing criminals to justice”.
Dame Vera said police failing to protect women who had been sexually assaulted was a “very significant betrayal” that could make people “lose faith” in the justice system and discourage people from coming forward to report crimes.