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Rape Crisis Scotland

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Engaging with bystanders in the fight against rape
A 35% rise in reported rapes across Scotland in a single year, coupled with the striking news that rape is now more common than robbery, is something that none of us can ignore. It’s impossible to know for certain exactly what factors lie behind this, and while it is possible that increased confidence in reporting and a relentless stream of high profile cases have led some people to come forward who might previously have chosen not to, we cannot discount the possibility that an increased number of rapes have actually been taking place....

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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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An open letter to Amazon
“We were disgusted to hear this morning that you are selling "The Pedophile’s Guide to Love and Pleasure: a Child-lover’s Code of Conduct" and that you have refused to remove it from your store. As a rape crisis organisation we are contacted daily by survivors to whom child sexual abuse has done untold damage, often under the guise of "love" or some other pretence or delusion that it is some kind of legitimate sexual leaning. Child sexual abuse is no such thing - it is a serious criminal act which ruins lives. And make no mistake about it - child abuse is what this title incites and encourages, and until you remove it from your catalogue, we will no longer be using you as a supplier, and will urge others to do the same.”...

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Welcome to our new blog!
This is a feature completely new to the Rape Crisis Scotland website and is an area where we hope to discuss topical issues relating to sexual violence, and actively engage visitors to our website in those discussions....

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