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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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Information and help after rape and sexual assault
Information and help after rape and sexual assault

Scottish Government publication offering a range of information for survivors of rape and sexual assault - 2016 edition.

Publication: Resources

Adult Support & Protection Toolkit
Adult Support & Protection Toolkit

This toolkit is intended to help ensure that people in Scotland are fully informed and encouraged to act if they think someone is being harmed or is at risk.

The Adult Support & Protection Campaign reminds us that:

• We can often have an instinctual feeling that someone is being harmed or is at risk; a sense that something is not right. By acting on this, we can help a person who is at risk to overcome the situation and become safe from harm.

• It’s both vital and safe to act on concerns. One anonymous phone call to your local council is all it takes. They will check it out sensitively to make sure support is given, if needed.

• Adult harm can take many forms, from financial harm to physical harm, to neglect, to psychological harm to taking advantage of people who aren’t in a position to stand up for themselves due to age, illness, mental health, learning or physical disability.

Publication: Resources

What's gender got to do with it?
What's gender got to do with it?

What health workers need to know about gender-based violence

Publication: Resources

Gender identity
Gender identity

An information booklet for trans people in Scotland, and their families and friends.

Publication: Resources

Consultation on criminalising the purchase of sex in Scotland: RCS response

The response RCS submitted to the consultation on criminalizing the purchase of sex in Scotland.

Publication: Resources

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

SOS Pledge signatories

List of MSPs who have signied the Save Our Services pledge

Publication: Resources

Outline Guide to the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 2009

Outline Guide to the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 2009

Publication: Resources

Preventing intimate partner and sexual violence against women: taking action and generating evidence
Preventing intimate partner and sexual violence against women: taking action and generating evidence

Intimate partner and sexual violence affect a large proportion of the population – with the majority of those directly experiencing such violence being women and the majority perpetrating it being men.

This document aims to provide sufficient information for policy-makers and planners to develop data-driven and evidence-based programmes for preventing intimate partner and sexual violence against women.

Publication: Resources

Disclosure of personal records of complainers of sexual assaults by Raitt F, RCS Briefing Paper, 2010

Examines concerns around the way in which disclosure of personal records is used in sexual offence trials and in particular the impact of the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2010 on this issue.

Takes account of the latest version of the Crown Disclosure Manual.

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