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Rape Crisis Scotland

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Publications

The list below shows some useful publications both from Rape Crisis Scotland and from other organisations. You can browse through these publications using the list on the right hand side of this page. We have categorised them by publication type, as well as a tagging system to help you find what you are looking for.

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Sensitive and personal records: information for victims of sexual crimes

This leaflet explains why the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (the prosecutor) may need to obtain sensitive and personal records, held by bodies such as the NHS, and how this information may be used.

Publication: Leaflets

Digital stalking: a guide to technology risks for victims

We all use a variety of different technology such as mobile phones, e-mail, online shopping and social networks. However, using this technology can put stalking victims at risk. It is important that support professionals and victims understand how technology works, why it puts them at risk and what steps they can take to reduce those risks. These guidelines review the most commonly used technologies and their risks.

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Rape Crisis Scotland Annual Report 2011
Rape Crisis Scotland Annual Report 2011

The Rape Crisis Scotland Annual Report for the financial year 2010- 2011

Publication: Annual Reports

Rape Crisis News - Issue 9

A new issue of Rape Crisis News for Winter 2011/12, looking at various aspects of the Scottish criminal justice system's response to rape.

Publication: RCS News

Rape Crisis Scotland and Women's Support Project News Issue 8
Rape Crisis Scotland and Women's Support Project News Issue 8

Rape Crisis and the Women's Support Project have produced a newsletter jointly, looking at sexualisation and commercial sexual exploitation.

Publication: RCS News

An Assault on our Future - the impact of violence on young people and their relationships, by Michael Flood and Lara Fergus
An Assault on our Future - the impact of violence on young people and their relationships, by Michael Flood and Lara Fergus

A White Ribbon Foundation Report.
This report examines how violence against women specifically affects children and young people. It looks at the nature of violence they experience in their homes and their own relationships, its impacts, and the priorities for action if efforts to prevent violence among, and protect, young people are to be successful.

Publication: Reports

Report of the APA Taskforce on the sexualisation of girls: Executive Summary

Executive summary of the report produced by the American Psychological Association on the sexualisation of girls.

Publication: Reports

Briefing Paper on Carloway Review

Following the UK Supreme court’s Cadder ruling last year, the Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill asked Lord Carloway to undertake a review to consider the implications of the ruling and make recommendations.

The Cadder ruling relates to an accused’s right to legal representation during police questioning, and has had a particular impact on sexual offences.  Due to the difficulties in obtaining corroboration in sexual offences cases (because they often happen in private, with no witnesses) the police prior to Cadder were often reliant on admissions from the accused to help them build a case.  Since the Cadder decision, defence lawyers seem to be routinely advising their clients to make no comment at all during police interviews, which is causing serious difficulties and has the potential to make prosecutions in rape cases even more difficult.

As well as considering questions relating to legal representation for the accused, Lord Carloway has also been considering broader issues relating to evidence, including the requirement for corroboration and whether or not juries should be able to draw an adverse inference if the accused remains silent and refuses to answer any questions. Rape Crisis Scotland has produced a briefing paper outlining our position on these questions raised by the Carloway Review and hope this will be helpful to other agencies planning to respond to the consultation.  The deadline for consultation responses is 3rd June 2011.

Publication: Resources

Sexualisation of Young People, by Dr Linda Papadopoulos
Sexualisation of Young People, by Dr Linda Papadopoulos

Violence against women and girls is unacceptable, whatever the circumstances and whatever the context. In March 2009, the government launched the Together We Can End Violence Against Women and Girls consultation in order to raise awareness of the problem and explore policy proposals and ideas designed to help prevent violence against women and girls. This report forms part of that consultation.

Publication: Research

Rape and attrition in the legal process: a comparative analysis of five countries by Kathleen Daly & Brigitte Bouhours

Despite legal reforms, there has been little improvement in police, prosecutor, and court handling of rape and sexual assault. In the past 15 years in Australia, Canada, England and Wales, Scotland, and the United States, victimization surveys show that 14 percent of sexual violence victims report the offense to the police. Of these, 30 percent proceed to prosecution, 20 percent are adjudicated in court, 12.5 percent are convicted of any sexual offense, and 6.5 percent are convicted of the original offense charged. In the past 35 years, average conviction rates have declined from 18 percent to 12.5 percent, although they have not fallen in all countries. Significant country differences are evident in how cases are handled and where in the legal process attrition is most likely. There is some good news: a victim’s “good” character and credibility and stranger relations are less important than they once were in police or court outcomes. However, evidence of nonconsent (witness evidence, physical injuries to the victim, suspect’s use of a weapon) continues to be important.

Publication: Articles

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