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Rape Crisis Scotland

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SEXUAL VIOLENCE.

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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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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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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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