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Survivors' Guide to the Scottish Justice System in translation
Survivors' Guide to the Scottish Justice System in translation Our new video resource 'Survivors' Guide to the Scottish Justice System' is also available in a variety of community languages in addition to the English and subtitled versions. ' Survivors' Guide to the Scottish Justice System ' ( overview here ) - is for anyone who is thinking about reporting a sexual crime or who has already reported and their case is currently in Scottish justice system. The video includes interviews with key professionals and an overview of how to report and what you may expect at each stage of the process. There is a subtitled version of the video for people who are Deaf or hard of hearing ( overview here ) and it is also available in Arabic ( overview here ), French ( overview here ), Polish ( overview here ), Slovak ( overview here ), Chinese ( overview here ), and Urdu ( overview here )....

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Istanbul Convention now in force
Istanbul Convention now in force Rape Crisis Scotland welcomes the news that the Istanbul Convention is now in force as of Friday 1st August ; 14 member states of the Council of Europe have ratified this new human rights treaty and a further 22 states have signed it. The Istanbul Convention is a European treaty whose provisions will enable the member states to challenge and prevent violence against women effectively, and to meet the needs of those who have had these crimes perpetrated against them. The Convention outlines minimum standards to prevent, prosecute and protect women from rape and physical violence, female genital mutilation (FGM), stalking, forced abortion, honour violence and forced marriage. Although the UK Government is a signatory to the Convention, it has yet to ratify it . Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland urged states which have not already done so, to sign and ratify the Istanbul Convention : "All need to act now to improve the lives of the many women and girls who are subjected to violence, simply because of their gender," he said in a statement....

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Do you have some time to listen?
Do you have some time to listen? Rape Crisis Scotland is looking for women to volunteer on the national helpline supporting survivors of sexual violence. If you have time to give, and would like the supportive atmosphere, excellent training and personal & professional development that Rape Crisis Scotland offers, come and find out more at our information evening. Wednesday, 27th August 2014 18.30 – 20.30 @ The Albany Learning & Conference Centre 44 Ashley Street, G4 6DS To book a place or for more information please complete this form and return i t to volunteer@rapecrisisscotland.org.uk or contact Mridul Wadhwa on 0141 331 4188 We actively encourage Disabled, BME, Older and Transgendered women to volunteer on the helpline Why Volunteer at Rape Crisis Scotland? Volunteering at Rape Crisis Scotland brings… • Increased employment opportunities • Increased learning opportunities • Increased personal and professional confidence • A chance to challenge yourself and develop new skills • The opportunity to work with people with similar values and ethos What previous volunteers have said…...

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Equally Safe
Equally Safe In June 2014 the Scottish Government and COSLA launched ʻ Equally Safe: Scotlandʼs strategy for preventing and eradicating violence against women and girls ʼ. This statement to welcome ʻEqually Safeʼ has been jointly produced by key voluntary sector organisations working across Scotland to tackle gender inequality and male violence against women and girls. These organisations are Engender, Rape Crisis Scotland, Scottish Womenʼs Aid, Scottish Womenʼs Convention, White Ribbon Scotland, Womenʼs Support Project and Zero Tolerance. The launch of ʻEqually Safeʼ is an important step in taking forward work to tackle violence and abuse. We welcome the continued commitment to support interventions, as well as the explicit acknowledgement that preventing violence against women is dependent upon reducing gender inequality in the broadest sense. This strategy makes it clear that all sectors of society have a responsibility to actively work towards preventing male violence and that prevention and equality measures must be embedded across all sectors....

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Survivors' Guide to the Scottish Justice System
Survivors' Guide to the Scottish Justice System Rape Crisis Scotland has produced a new DVD resource aimed at explaining the criminal justice process for survivors of sexual violence.Sexual crimes continue to figure among those with the lowest reporting rates and survivors face many barriers when considering whether or not to take this step, including fears around what will happen if they do. Of survivors seeking support from rape crisis centres only a small proportion have reported what happened to police. The new DVD (entitled ‘ Survivors’ Guide to the Scottish Justice System ’) is intended to help anyone who is thinking about reporting a sexual crime or who has already reported. The DVD offers an overview of how to report and includes a series of interviews with key professionals including a SOLO officer, a forensic examiner, a prosecutor, a defence lawyer, and the Lord Advocate. These first-hand accounts explain in detail what reporting a sexual crime and the subsequent investigation and trial can involve at every step of the journey and Rape Crisis Scotland hopes that this new resource will help survivors to feel better informed when they are making the decision about whether or not to report, and (for those who have already reported) as their cases progress. The DVD includes options for voiceover translations into 6 community languages and English subtitles for people who are Deaf and hard of hearing . For more information, or to receive a copy of the DVD, please email info@rapecrisisscotland.org.uk ....

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Survivor views on a future Scotland
As the Referendum approaches, Rape Crisis Scotland is keen to seek the views of survivors on what they would like responses to sexual violence to look like in a future Scotland. What needs to change? What would really make a difference? If you’d like to let us know what you think, please visit this short online survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TZSMSVG This consultation comes in the context of debates around independence, and RCS is keen to ensure that survivors' views are represented in this debate. Rape Crisis Scotland does not hold a position on the outcome of the Referendum, and the results of our survey are solely intended to inform discussions with politicians and others on survivor priorities for a future Scotland. The survey includes questions on three specific areas (the justice system, support services and public attitudes & culture) as well as a space for commenting on what respondents feel is the biggest priority in general - and any other comments they may have. Rape Crisis Scotland will publish the results here on our website, and disseminate them via social media. We hope that in doing so we will highlight survivors' views for politicians on both sides of the independence debate....

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Write to End VAW Awards 2014
Write to End VAW Awards 2014 Following the success of last year’s inaugural Write to End Violence Against Women Awards, which recognises and rewards quality writing on violence against women in Scotland, nominations are now open for 2014....

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Rape Crisis News Issue 12
Rape Crisis News Issue 12 Rape Crisis News Issue 12 is out now and is dedicated to a range of sexual violence prevention projects and initiatives across Scotland. It's a vibrant and exciting time for Sexual Violence Prevention work in Scotland, which is being taken forward in a number of different ways with new and imaginative approaches challenging and changing the deep-rooted cultural elements which allow violence against women to thrive. This issue includes perspectives from Sexual Violence Prevention Workers in two rape crisis centres, an account of work White Ribbon Scotland has been doing with men in Scottish prisons, research on young people's attitudes to sexualisation and porn culture, and a report from Rape Crisis Scotland's Sexual Violence Prevention Coordinator on the Walking The Tightrope conference....

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Research into Deaf and disabled young people's experiences of Child Protection
Talking about Child ProtectionThe University of Edinburgh, led by Professor Julie Taylor, with partners from Strathclyde and Coventry Universities are undertaking a NSPCC funded research study exploring the experiences and views of maltreated deaf and/ or disabled children and young people about Child Protection Services. This issue has not been explored from the perspective of deaf or disabled children and young people before in the UK, so it is hoped that the study will provide valuable lessons about how services can better protect and support them. The research team will be interviewing deaf or disabled people over 11 years old from across the UK who have either experience of the child protection system, or who may have been abused but did not access services. Interviews will be made accessible according to the person's individual needs....

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