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Research on Stalking at Glasgow Caledonian University
Despite the fact that new legislation was brought in at the end of 2010 naming stalking as a crime, little is known about the nature and prevalence of stalking in Scotland. Men and women may be stalked by acquaintances, colleagues and clients, family members and even strangers...

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Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill: A Rape Crisis Scotland Briefing
Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill: A Rape Crisis Scotland Briefing Rape Crisis Scotland has produced a Briefing Paper on the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill , which was introduced by the Scottish Government following Lord Carloway’s review and takes forward his recommendations. Although the Bill covers a range of measures, our focus is very much on matters of concern to victims of sexual crimes. The deadline for submissions to the Justice Committee is 5 pm Friday 30 August 2013 . You can download the Rape Crisis Scotland Briefing here ....

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16% rise in reported rapes in Scotland
16% rise in reported rapes in Scotland The Scottish Government today published crime figures for 2012-13.The new figures demonstrate a significant rise in the level of sexual crime reported to the police, with 16% more rapes reported in the past year. While any increase of this size is worrying, it is hard to tell if the increase is due to the fact more rapes are taking place or because more survivors feel able to report what has happened to them. The police have taken considerable steps in recent years to improve people’s confidence that if they do report a sexual crime, they will be treated well and with sensitivity. It is likely that at least some of the increase in reported rapes is due to more people feeling able to come forward and speak to the police about what has happened to them. You can see the full report "Recorded Crime in Scotland" here , and coverage in the Daily Record ( "Scottish crime rate falls to lowest level on 39 years but concern voiced over rise in the number of rapes") here....

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Invitation to tender
Rape Crisis Scotland is inviting tenders to evaluate a new prevention project working with young people across Scotland.  The invitation to tender document gives more information. The deadline for submission of tenders is the 1st  July 2013....

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RCS published Victims & Witnesses evidence
Rape Crisis Scotland has published written evidence to the Justice Committee on the Victim and Witnesses Bill, which is currently going through Stage 1 in the Scottish Parliament. As part of this, we are calling for all complainers in sexual offence cases to have guaranteed access to a female forensic examiner, as all available evidence shows that this is the preference of female and male survivors. We welcome the proposal to make access to Special Measures an automatic right in sexual offence cases. We have also made a number of proposals for issues not currently covered within the Bill to be considered. You can download a copy of our written evidence here ....

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Rape Crisis News: Survivors' Issue
Rape Crisis News: Survivors' Issue We are delighted to publish Issue 11 of Rape Crisis News: a very special Survivors’ issue.Here we celebrate courage and resilience in the aftermath of sexual violence as well as the power of mutual support, creativity, education and campaigning for change....

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National Stalking Awareness Day 2013
National Stalking Awareness Day 2013 National Stalking Awareness Day 2013 will take place on 18th April. What can you or your organisation do to raise awareness of stalking and help to make this day a success? How can we let victims of stalking know that help is available for them, and show perpetrators that their behaviour will not be tolerated?...

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'It's the difference between having quality of life and not'
Rape Crisis Scotland has published an evaluation of the impact of rape crisis services in Scotland.In 2012 RCS commissioned an evaluation of support provided by the national helpline and local centres which included an assessment of the extent to which the national helpline and local rape crisis centres provide integrated support to survivors. The evaluation included interviews with local centres and survivors who described the support they received and the difference this made to them. Service users interviewed for the evaluation give a sense of the vital importance of rape crisis services:...

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