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What is your question about this, please?
Hello - apologies for not being able to respond sooner.
Can you tell me why/ how this is getting in the way of child contact? Do you have a case in the family court as well as the criminal matter?
OK. The first thing is that the criminal case should not impact on the family case - your child's best interests in terms of living and contact arrangements are a separate issue from the domestic abuse.
In terms of whether you want to withdraw the criminal matter - you are free to let the CPS know that you do not want to support the prosecution - they may still decide to proceed with the case but that is their call. But they aren't as likely to get a conviction without your support, obviously.
I would question the wisdom for withdrawing though. Any difficulties you are going through are as a result of what you have suffered, not the fact you have reported the issue to the police. I also fear that it may undermine your credibility in the family court. That's just my view though.
OK, I'm really not clear - are you saying you fabricated allegations to gain custody of your daughter?
Ultimately this is your choice. No lawyer can force you to pursue a rape complaint if you decide you can't or won't go through with it.
I don't think so. Deciding you cannot go through with this is very different from perverting the course of justice, which would be if you had fabricated the facts.
I don't see that religion either helps or hinders.
I can't advise on speculative grounds, I can only advise that you be honest.
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