Rape Crisis Scotland
Parties unite to pressure Crown Office over risk of 're-traumatising' rape survivors with new prosecution policy
MSPs to raise concerns in parliament over new prosecution guidance which could see warrants issued for rape complainers reluctant to give evidence
CROSS-PARTY parliamentarians have echoed the concerns of Rape Crisis Scotland after a policy change, which would allow rape survivors to be compelled to give evidence in court or face a warrant for their arrest, was introduced by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service this week.
New policy could see rape victims arrested for failing to testify
Rape Crisis Scotland says new prosecution service guidance could violate rape survivors’ rights
VICTIMS IN rape cases could be compelled to give evidence or face a warrant for their arrest according to new guidance from the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service – a move vehemently opposed by Rape Crisis Scotland.
The change was made in a bid to support prosecutions of rape cases, which are notoriously low in numbers compared with reports to police, and which have the lowest conviction rate of any crime.
Low rape conviction rates prove corroboration should be scrapped, says Rape Crisis Scotland
New figures show that only two in five rape cases in Scotland lead to a conviction
RESPONDING TO FIGURES published today which reveal that just 39 per cent of rape cases prosecuted in 2016-17 resulted in a conviction, Rape Crisis Scotland has said it’s time to look again at removing the requirement for corroboration in rape cases.
Of 1878 rapes and attempted rapes reported to the police in 2016-17, 251 were prosecuted and 98 led to a conviction, the lowest conviction rate since 2008-09.
Support for women to expand after @scotgov boost for anti-violence fund
Dundee and Highlands to see expansion of support for victims of gender-based violence
THE Scottish Women’s Rights Centre (SWRC) will be expanded after the secretary for justice Michael Matheson confirmed an extra £665,000 will be granted over the next two years.
SWRC is a collaborative project between Rape Crisis Scotland (RCS), the University of Strathclyde and the Legal Services Agency (LSA), which provides advice and support for victims and survivors of gender-based violence.
Anni Donaldson: "Gonnae no’ dae that!" How students are learning about sexual consent
Anni Donaldson, journalist and Equally Safe in Higher Education (Eshe) project lead at University of Strathclyde, examines how a series of campaigns are aiming to get this year's freshers thinking about consent
SOME new lessons are on the cards for the droves of freshers arriving at many of Scotland’s universities this month - sex without consent is rape.
Latest sexual crime figures "a wake up call", says Rape Crisis Scotland
National crime statistics show a rise in the number of sexual offences over the past year
SEXUAL CRIMES in Scotland are on the rise, according to the latest national statistics from the new Recorded Crime in Scotland bulletin from the Scottish Government.
The report, which outlines recorded crime levels over the past year, shows that while reported crime overall has gone down, there has been a rise in the number of sexual crimes.
MSPs call for sexual consent education across all of Scotland’s schools
Change ‘inconsistent’ teaching of sexual consent education in school, MSPs demand
MORE EFFORT IS REQUIRED to provide comprehensive sex and relationships education, especially in the area of consent education, in schools - according to the MSPs tasked with investigating the issue.
A new report by Holyrood’s Education and Skills Committee on personal and social education highlighted inconsistent access to teaching on the issue of sexual consent.
Government set to clamp down on abusive behaviour and sexual harm in Scotland with new law
Rape Crisis Scotland hails legislation passed in Holyrood set to tackle revenge porn head on along with giving more power to judges to help educate jurors dealing with sex crime cases
WOMEN'S campaign groups such as Rape Crisis Scotland and Women for Independence have backed the passing of the Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm Bill through the Scottish Parliament.
Rape Crisis Scotland said the Bill's provisions have "the potential to significantly improve access to justice".