Australian police officers are encouraging sexual assault victims to extract phone confessions from their attackers.
However, many victims are claiming these 'pretext phone calls' are riddled with danger and may further traumatise rape victims.
Elka, a sexual assault victim, told ABC's Lateline she was allegedly attacked last year by a man she met on Tinder. She reported the incident to Queensland Police but was not prepared for the investigation they would put forward.
Elka said, 'When I met him, I thought it was, he was just like he was on the phone. He was a very gentle, kind of timid guy, but we had good rapport.'
The next morning she woke and he was on top of her, naked.
'He had pinned my arms up beside my head,' Elka explained. 'I can just remember feeling so, so confused and so vulnerable and not believing that this was happening.'
After reporting to the police, Elka was shocked when the two officers assigned to her case asked if she would confront her alleged attacked in a phone call.
The calls are supposedly aimed at gathering incriminating statements linking the suspect to the crime.
Advocate groups have warned the calls can be incredibly traumatic for sexual assault survivors, and deter them from reporting further attacks.
'It just felt really invasive,' Elka told the ABC. 'The fact that I had to have this very, very personal conversation about what happened to the person who did it.'
Elka told Lateline she made the call but her alleged attacker did not state that he had raped her, although he implied that he had hurt her.
The ABC said Queensland Police concluded in their report that Elka’s alleged attacker made a 'partial admission' during the recorded conversation.
Despite this, police dropped the case. A month later, Elka said she was sexually assaulted again but did not report it to police as she did not want to be put in a situation where she might have to confront her attacker again.