A woman in South Carolina says she was raped by a Marion city cop and later forced into recanting the allegation by the two police lieutenants who investigated the assault.
The 27-year-old woman didn’t want to identify herself to Carolina Live, a local news station, asking to be called, “M.”
The alleged rape survivor said she first met the officer when he responded to her car accident report in September. “He handed me a card and I just seen Marion police on it. I threw it in my pocketbook.”
M tells reporters that the 23-year-old officer came to her home an hour and half later wanting to discuss the ticket he gave her after the accident. “He was in uniform and he came in and he started telling me about the tickets.” M then stated that the cop asked her to come into another room. The cop raped M and proceeded to leave her apartment. M says, “I’m thinking, how do you call a police officer on a police officer? Who can I call?”
M said she called her boyfriend, who then called 9-1-1. A female officer came with a male officer, they advised her to have a rape kit facilitated at the hospital. After M returned to her home, she says the police returned and read her rights. “They didn’t make me feel like a victim because they told me I don’t look like a rape victim and you don’t have a case because rape victims be balled up in a corner or scared to talk.”
She stated the cops demanded her to recant her statement and threatened her with prison time if she did not. “They kept saying if it’s not rape then don’t say it’s rape. Then I said if I don’t agree to it or I didn’t consent to it, what do I call it?”
M says, “Made it seem like if I didn’t put rape at the end, SLED wasn’t going to take me to prison.” M says she wrote in her statement that she didn’t agree to have sex with the cop, but that it wasn’t rape.
According to the report, The State Law of Enforcement Division (SLED) is now investigating. No agencies outside of the police, like the mayor’s office, were called in to investigate which is the proper protocol in this situation.
The officer who allegedly raped M has been identified as Tyrone Reed. He has been under a pending investigation but has not been charged with a crime.
The Women’s Rights blog at President Obama’s Change.org site has started an online petition to move the Marion police department to suspend all of the cops involved.