Playboy model, 34, claims police failed to investigate a chilling rape threat sent on Instagram


A Playboy model claims police failed to properly investigate a chilling rape threat against her because she works in the glamour industry. 

Germaine Love, 34, was horrified to receive a message from a man on Instagram saying: ‘I’m gonna go in your bar and drag you out by your hair, take you to a dark alley and then begin to rape you, I can’t wait to see you struggle.’ 

A shaken Ms Love, who has more than 35,000 followers on Instagram, called Cleveland Police to tell them she felt unsafe and to ask them to trace the person who left the vile threat. 

She has been in fear of attack at the cocktail bar she owns in Guisborough, North Yorkshire. 

However, she was appalled when the only response she received from police was advice to make her social media – which she uses to promote her bar and her modelling career – private. 

Germaine Love, 34, received a horrific rape threat on Instagram from an anonymous man

Ms Love received this horrific message on Instagram and called Cleveland Police to tell them she felt unsafe and to ask them to trace the person who left the vile threat

Ms Love received this horrific message on Instagram and called Cleveland Police to tell them she felt unsafe and to ask them to trace the person who left the vile threat

The officer told her in a voicemail message that it would be ‘recorded as a malicious communication’ on September 20 and she’s had no further contact since. 

Ms Love has now questioned whether her career in modelling, which has seen her appear on the cover of Playboy, meant her fear of being raped was taken less seriously than it would otherwise have been. 

She said: ‘I do get messages where I’m trolled like anyone else, I do get rude messages from men – but not ones that mention my other place of work and rape. 

‘One part of me said ‘write back , tell them where to go’ but the other part thought I should leave it with the police, they can trace the IP address. 

That way I thought I would find out who it is and I could be left alone.’ 

She said she thought her threat would be taken more seriously as police have been investigating harassment by a stranger, a local married man who she had never met. 

Ms Love added: ‘I called the police and the operator seemed to take me really seriously. 

‘I thought I’d done the right thing but the next thing I know, I got a voicemail the next day saying they’re treating it as a malicious communication and they suggest I put my social media’s on private and block anyone I don’t know. 

‘I thought that was crazy. I handed him on a plate, surely they could track him and also why should I be punished and close my social media down? Not advertise myself as a model, not advertise my bar? 

However, she was appalled when the only response she received from police was advice to make her social media private

However, she was appalled when the only response she received from police was advice to make her social media private

‘Who would want to come in the bar if that’s not advertised, especially at these difficult times or shoot with me if I’m not to be seen?

 ‘It also scared me to think what if he does come into the bar when I’m working , I have no idea who he is. He may have already been in. I can’t tell staff to not let him in, am I going to be unlucky enough where the only way I do find out who he is is when he’s dragging me out the bar down an alley?’ 

Ms Love says she’s furious that police didn’t take the threat of rape seriously and treated it as simply a malicious message. 

She said: ‘Does this happen to more and more women? Men getting away with telling them they’re going to get raped? And just because I work in the glamour industry does that mean I’m asking for it? Is that why they haven’t taken it seriously? 

‘Trolling and threats need to be taken more seriously. If anyone threatens to rape a woman, especially when you have concrete evidence and the ability to catch them, women need to be supported a little more then to be told to act the victim and close everything they’ve worked hard for. 

‘Maybe if he didn’t wear his mask upon entering the bar, he’d get fined. ‘I feel this kind of threat needs to be taken more seriously for women and no woman should have to hide and be a victim to men. This is 2020.’ 

Cleveland Police said a senior officer would now investigate Germaine’s complaint. 

A force spokesman said: ‘Initially the call was recorded as a malicious communication and we did try and speak with the lady to discuss her call further and our response to it. A senior officer is looking into the complaint and if there are issues with how the initial contact was dealt with, these will be rectified. Our neighbourhood officers will also be in touch with the woman to talk about her concerns.’ 

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