ACCUSED: WPC ATTACK SCANDAL; Victim Counsellor Claims Detective Sergeant Raped Her She Will Sue Scotland's Top Officer for Sex Discrimination

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ACCUSED: WPC ATTACK SCANDAL; Victim Counsellor Claims Detective Sergeant Raped Her She Will Sue Scotland's Top Officer for Sex Discrimination


Byline: By NORMAN SILVESTER

A WPC who accused her boss of rape is suing Scotland's top policeman for sexual discrimination, the Sunday Mail can reveal.

The policewoman, who counsels sex attack victims, claims she was attacked in her home by her detective sergeant boss.

The alleged attacker was interviewed by officers. He has been suspended over the allegations but not charged And last week the woman launched a legal action against the man, who is married with two children.

The 33-year-old WPC, who is on long-term sick leave with stress, also claims Strathclyde Chief Constable Willie Rae failed to protect her from sexual harassment at work.

She has raised a legal action for compensation against Rae and her boss for discrimination.

The WPC , who is not being named by the Sunday Mail, lodged the action last week at the industrial tribunal offices in Glasgow, with the case expected to be heard later this year.

She is claiming she is a victim under the Sex Discrimination Act. If successful Scotland's biggest police force could be forced to pay her more than pounds 50,000 in compensation.

The WPC is specially trained to comfort and counsel women who have been the victims of sexual abuse.

Her job is also to gain information from them about their attackers which will then help her detective colleagues bring them to trial.

The WPC, who is based at the female and child unit at Maryhill Police office in Glasgow, had enjoyed a close relationship with her boss.

At one stage she and her boss had a brief affair which ended when his wife discovered revealing text messages between the pair.

The fling started at a Christmas party for officers based at Maryhill last year.

At the beginning of last month her boss was suspended when the WPC alleged that he had raped her in her home in Paisley, Renfrewshire.

She made the rape and harassment claims against her boss after the relationship ended.

He has since been interviewed by detective colleagues about the rape allegation. …

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