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"No community, no family can ever say this can't happen to us, we would never do such a thing"
"No community, no family can ever say this can't happen to us, we would never do such a thing" Following the conviction of six men in Oxford yesterday for grooming, exploitation, rape and other offences against vulnerable children, the issue of race and whether or not the ethnicity of the perpetrators is a relevant factor has been very much at the forefront of the discussion. The profile and modus operandi of the group in Oxford, who targeted, groomed – and then raped young girls before passing them around and selling them to others to do the same over a period of 8 years bore more than a passing resemblance to the activities of other such groups of Asian men previously convicted of such offences, for example in Rochdale ....

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Stalking: New campaign, research and resources
Stalking: New campaign, research and resources The Glasgow Violence Against Women Partnership, in conjunction with Glasgow Community Safety Services, Action Scotland Against Stalking and Rape Crisis Scotland have launched a new campaign aimed at raising awareness of the realities of stalking and its impact – and what those who are subjected to this most insidious of crimes can do about it. “A Gift Too Far” and “I’ll Take Care Of You” demonstrate two of the many behaviours which can form part of what for some individuals amounts to a campaign of terror and harassment against them, often at the hands of a former partner, but sometimes undertaken by someone completely unknown to them. Occasionally, as illustrated in this first-hand account published in the Guardian magazine on13th April, those targeted have no idea who is responsible for terrorizing them in this way, and the stalking can continue for years. At a campaign launch event at the Glasgow Film Theatre, Action Scotland Against Stalking’s founder Ann Moulds spoke powerfully about the creeping damage inflicted by stalkers, the difficulties faced by those they target in identifying what is happening to them – and how they can confront it effectively. One of the most shocking statistics to emerge from the morning’s proceedings was the revelation that 77% of victims of stalking endure more than 100 incidents before reporting to the police. Encouragingly, however, new laws introduced in Scotland 2010 seem to be making an impact, with the number of cases prosecuted steadily increasing. During 2011, 435 stalking incidents were reported to police in Scotland and of those 321 progressed to the Procurator Fiscal. Prior to the introduction of stalking laws in Scotland individuals suspected of stalking were charged under Breach of the Peace legislation, with only 70 individuals being charged in this way in the decade from 2000. Information provided by the Crown Office in November 2012 under Freedom of Information outlines the statistics for Stalking prosecutions since the new legislation was introduced. Police have investigated more than 1000 cases of stalking since new laws made it a crime in Scotland ....

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Consistency, consideration, compassion – three Cs for responding to sexual violence
It is encouraging to see the Scottish Government taking such a strong stand on rape (‘ Scots police will treat rape as seriously as murder’ ), and hopefully the establishment of the new single police force for Scotland will offer a real opportunity to put the Justice Secretary’s sentiments into practice. For in spite of such good intentions, and the many positive developments that have taken place in Scotland over the past few years to improve the way in which our justice system responds to sexual violence, there is clearly still some way to go before we can be reassured that the response will be consistent. In a sickening case reported in the press in the same week as the Justice Secretary made clear his intentions and the seriousness with which rape is regarded in Scotland, a young woman in Lanarkshire, in the course of a chain of events entirely lacking in consistency, communication – (or and even more to the point compassion) was locked up by police in Motherwell for more than 24 hours, when they mistakenly believed that she had failed to turn up as a witness in a court case. The case was in fact the prosecution of a man for a sexual assault against her, and the woman, having checked with the special court line, had been assured that she did not need to turn up on the day she was arrested. This initial outrage was further compounded when, having taken ill whilst in custody, she was taken to the local hospital in handcuffs....

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Ending a culture of impunity
The Liberal Democrat party has been forced to examine the behaviour of one of its most prominent members and, following exposure in a Channel 4 News report last night, to take seriously allegations of sexual harassment made by a number of female party activists. It has also undertaken to review its own procedures in investigating such matters in the wake of this report. It is disappointing that it has taken such a public revelation to make this happen, the complaints and reports of a number of women having hitherto been ineffectual in forcing Lord Rennard properly to account for his behaviour , and suggesting again that it is often only when an organization perceives itself to be at risk that it is prepared to take action....

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Let's be clear
Scottish newspapers can be very powerful allies to campaigners against sexual violence. With audiences numbering millions daily, and an online archive available in perpetuity for later consultation, the accounts and opinions printed within their pages exert enormous influence in shaping public attitudes on every issue....

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Guest blog : “Just say no”: MP blames girls for childhood sexual abuse, by Emma Ritch
Nadine Dorries, MP for mid-Bedfordshire, has raised eyebrows recently with her proposal that girls, and not boys, should receive mandatory abstinence-based sex education. The notion that girls should act as the gatekeepers for sexual interaction is as retrograde as it is absurd, and her bill has attracted derision from those working with young people, sexual and reproductive health organisations, and opposition MPs`. Chris Bryant MP described it as “the daftest piece of legislation I have ever seen brought forward”....

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Slutwalking into our own subjection?
Efforts to challenge attitudes that blame women for rape are always welcome. But is it the case that opportunities to do this are so scarce that we will welcome them at any price? The current “Slutwalk” craze is a case in point. This began in Canada following remarks made by a policeman who declared that “Women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized” and has gone viral in recent weeks, with marches to protest such attitudes taking place in many cities across the globe, accompanied by assertions that it is time to “reclaim” the term “slut”....

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City centre rapes - how can we respond?
City centre rapes - how can we respond? Strathclyde Police have announced that 2 young men have been arrested in connection with one of the recent rapes in Glasgow city centre. Many people have been shocked at the age of those accused of dragging a woman into a lane in Glasgow city centre and raping her. What it is that could lead to men as young as 14 and 16 carrying out such a horrific crime, and what can we do about it? Police are describing the number of recent city centre sexual attacks as a ‘spate’. There is something about the brazenness and seeming randomness of the attacks that really brings home the fact that rape is a crime which could happen to anyone. Reaction to stranger rapes such as these tend to fall into two categories – advice to women about how to keep safe, and calls for safety measures such as more CCTV, increased police presence on the streets and gating of lanes. In response to one of the lane rapes, the police advised women not to ‘go off on their own’ on a night out. Fair enough, but how are you supposed to get home if you don’t happen to live with every person you ever socialize with?...

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A word in your ear
Advice on matters sexual is something many of us are in need of or asked for at some point in our lives. Whether we are looking for reassurance or practical information, there is no doubt that scrutiny or discussion of our most private moments is one of the most difficult and complex subjects of all, and something that requires acute sensitivity in handling. With the best will in the world, opinions voiced will always be subjective, and responses to requests for guidance need careful consideration before they are given....

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