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Rape Crisis Scotland

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The limits of legal 'protection'
The limits of legal 'protection'

It’s a fact well known to anti-rape campaigners that one of the single most powerful motivating factors underpinning rape and sexual assault is a hatred of women, pure and simple. A misogyny and absence of respect for women so fundamental, that for some men (rapists), consent is not  a real consideration

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The Status of Young Women In Scotland
The Status of Young Women In Scotland

Earlier this month, YWCA Scotland – The Young Women’s Movement launched our first ever Status of Young Women in Scotland report (SYWS). It’s an original piece of research that presents a diverse snapshot of the issues affecting Scotland’s young women today....

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Welfare reforms: the impact on women
The UK government’s agenda of austerity and welfare reform continues to have a staggering impact on women’s lives and on gender equality. However, this has been mostly ignored by the mainstream political response and media commentary to recent huge cuts to public spending. Instead, the dominant narrative focuses on child poverty and ‘hardworking families’. Hard work in paid employment, that is (work in the home and community is easy), and within deserving, nuclear families. Women’s economic independence, safety and self-worth are endangered by this mindset, and the value of women’s care work, as lone mothers and as unpaid carers, is yet further undermined....

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A Few Words On Rape
A Few Words On Rape

By Rebecca Glanville, aged 17. [Image by Nigsby on Flickr] Rebecca has recently completed her S6 studies at a local Edinburgh High School, and was part of the 'Do You Know' Theatre project on preventing sexual violence with ERCC's prevention project. Rebecca believes that if we can get more people talking about situations surrounding sexual violence, then through people being more aware we can create a change - even if it is just one person who continues the conversation. Rape. 

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'Moral panics' : a harmful distraction from the questions that really matter
'Moral panics' : a harmful distraction from the questions that really matter

The fight to end sexual violence, and to raise awareness of its realities has many frontiers.Some of these are familiar – it has, for example, taken 30 years of campaigning by survivors, rape crisis organizations and sexual violence campaigners to effect a change in perceptions around child sexual abuse – previously thought to be an exceptional event occurring within dysfunctional families and/or committed by unusually deviant individuals.

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'Sexual bullying': a euphemism for harassment and assault
'Sexual bullying': a euphemism for harassment and assault

‘Sexual bullying’ is a term which has often been used in recent years to describe a range of abusive behaviors, particularly among young people. An increase in the use of online spaces and mobile phone technology to facilitate bullying, threatening and predatory activities, and phenomena such as sexting and revenge porn which form part of the backdrop to these have been well documented, and have also become the subject of some welcome campaigning initiatives. However, when we examine ‘sexual bullying’ as a term, it becomes clear that its use can be very subjective.

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Corroboration - moving forward with hindsight
Corroboration - moving forward with hindsight The Scottish legal system is one of many disciplines in which Scotland has forged a unique and distinctive path. We have in many aspects of our laws and the ways in which these are enacted shown the way, and crafted our own structures and systems, rather than followed others or subjected ourselves to the vagaries of those devised for distant jurisdictions. Our laws have evolved in response to contemporary realities and the criminal issues of the day, in order to offer justice to people against whom others have offended, sometimes terribly....

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