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Rape Crisis Scotland


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Reclaim The Night
Reclaim The Night

There will be a Reclaim The Night march in Galashiels on Saturday 28th November 2015.
This event is part of the 16 Days of Action for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Download this document to find out more about what's happening (and a few suggestions for chants on the night!)

Published: 19th November 2015

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, 12th August 2015



The Albany Learning & Conference Centre
44 Ashley Street, G4 6DS

To book a place or for more information contact Mridul Wadhwa

Tel: 0141 331 4188 or

Register on

You can also find out more about what it means to become a volunteer for Rape Crisis Scotland by downloading this document.

Published: 23rd June 2015

'Do you know' performance for Cross Party Group
'Do you know' performance for Cross Party Group

A group of young people from Leith Academy performed an excerpt from their 'Do you Know' Theatre piece at the Cross Party Group on Violence Against Women earlier this week.

They talked about the powerful learning and the changes experienced since being part of the sexual violence prevention workshops run by Nadine Jassat, prevention worker at EWRASAC. This is part of Rape Crisis Scotland's National Sexual Violence prevention work, now running from 10 Centres across the country.

The meeting was attended by a range of MSPs including Malcolm Chisholm, Rhoda Grant, Christina McKelvie (pictured with the young people), Claudia Beamish and Alison Johnstone as well as a range of organisations. It was very well received and the young people answered questions about the way ahead and changes needed to address the pressures young people face.

Published: 23rd January 2015

Supporting LGBTI survivors of sexual violence: free seminar
Supporting LGBTI survivors of sexual violence: free seminar

Rape Crisis Scotland is hosting a FREE Afternoon seminar on “Supporting LGBTI survivors of sexual violence”.
This will be an opportunity to discuss with and hear from professionals about what Survivors expect from services and best practice approaches.

Keynote speakers will be Brandi Lee Lough Dennell, Policy and Research Manager at LGBT Youth, James Morton, Manager at Scottish Transgender Alliance,  Stephen McCabe, Helpline Coordinator at LGBT Centre for Health and Well Being & Sandie Barton, National Co-ordinator at Rape Crisis Scotland.

Date: Wednesday, 18th February 2015
Time: 2– 4 pm Venue: Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JD
Book your free space at
Email: Phone: Mridul on 0141 331 4188

You can download a flyer here, and you can find out about other events that are happening during LGBT History Month here.

Published: 20th January 2015

Write to End Violence Against Women Awards 2014
Write to End Violence Against Women Awards 2014

The second Write to End Violence Against Women Awards will take place this evening - Wednesday 10th December 2014 - in the Scottish Parliament.

This event is organised jointly by a group of anti-violence against women charities (including Rape Crisis Scotland) and the NUJ and is intended to celebrate quality journalism about violence against women. The awards form part of the 16 days of action around violence against women. The global theme for this years’ international 16 days campaign is 'From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Let's Challenge Militarism and End Violence Against Women'.

You can download a press release with further information here.

Published: 10th December 2014

Reclaim The Night 2014 - Glasgow

Published: 5th November 2014

Seminar conversations at Edinburgh University
Seminar conversations at Edinburgh University

A series of four Friday afternoon seminar conversations with activists and campaigners, researchers, film makers and counsellors on aspects of gendered violence in Scotland will take place at Edinburgh University in the coming months.

These seminars offer a unique opportunity for committed and experienced colleagues to come together, take stock of work developed in Scotland and engage in dialogue about the future political, practice and research agenda relating to gendered violence in Scotland.

Outline details are as follows, and further information, including booking arrangements, can be found via the links below.

10 October 2014

Voices made in Scotland: campaigning, writing and researching child sexual abuse. To book go to

7 November 2014

Breaking silence: the consequences and politics of silence, cover up and speaking out. To book go to

12 December 2014

Voices then and now: responses to assaults on the female body. To book go to

16 January 2015

Human trafficking of women and children and internet child pornography: same sides of another currency?
To book go to

Follow up and planning seminar: 20 February 2015

Seminars will take from 2.00 to 5.00pm, with a break and refreshments and more informal conversation over a glass of wine afterwards.

These seminars are free and participants are welcome to attend one or more of the events. Places for each seminar limited to 60.

Published: 30th September 2014

Walking The Tightrope - Sexualisation, Sexual Exploitation & Young People's Relationships Conference
Walking The Tightrope - Sexualisation, Sexual Exploitation & Young People's Relationships Conference

The issue of sexual exploitation has received a lot of recent attention in the media with high profile cases making headlines. Increasingly we are asking how much do we really know of the reality and context of young people’s lives and relationships in what is increasingly acknowledged to be a sexualised culture.

The Women’s Support Project, Rape Crisis Scotland and the Rape Crisis Centre Glasgow are pleased to announce a free one-day conference highlighting some key research on these issues and showcasing some promising practice within Scotland. The final programme will be confirmed closer to the event.

You can download a flyer here for more information.

Published: 14th August 2013

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?

You might consider for example downloading and displaying  posters from Action Scotland Against Stalking - for example:
Are you being stalked?
Taking Stalking Seriously

Here are some other useful resources on stalking

Have a look at the Action Scotland Against Stalking website for more information>
You can also download Rape Crisis Scotland's Stalking leaflet here.

Watch This Space
Glasgow City Council will be launching a new anti-stalking campaign, "Take Stalking Seriously" on the 16th April. We will publish more information about this as soon as it becomes available.

If you need help or want to talk to someone about stalking, please call either the Action Scotland Against Stalking helpline on 08088 020 300 or the Rape Crisis Scotland helpline (open every evening between 6pm and midnight) on 08088 01 03 02.

Published: 8th April 2013

Free seminar on the impact of proposed legal changes on sexual offences
Free seminar on the impact of proposed legal changes on sexual offences

Rape Crisis Scotland is holding a free seminar on Monday 4th March from 1pm-3.30pm in the City Halls, Glasgow.

Join us to hear more about the impact of proposed changes on sexual offence cases and discuss what this might mean for survivors of sexual offences. Speakers include the Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Assistant Chief Constable Malcolm Graham, Alison de Rollo, head of the National Sexual Crimes Unit and a woman who has been directly affected by the requirement for corroboration and has been campaigning for its abolition.

For more information and to register please email or phone 0141 331 4180. You can also download this flier, where you will find information on how to register.

Published: 20th February 2013

Volunteer Support Workers sought for Rape Crisis Scotland

We are holding an information evening on Monday 18th February 18.30 – 20.00 at the Albany Learning Centre, 44 Ashley Street, Glasgow G3 6DS for anyone who is interested in becoming a volunteer for the Rape Crisis Scotland helpline. If anyone wants to find out more about volunteering/ wants to book to come to the information evening, please send your name, contact no. and email to .

Please pass this information on if you know anyone who might be interested.

Published: 29th January 2013

What makes a rape-prone society? Special event for 16 Days
What makes a rape-prone society? Special event for 16 Days

Engender and Rape Crisis Scotland invite you to a seminar exploring the concept of rape-prone societies. A free event that links 16 Days’ activities and Engender’s “Feminists Talk Scotland’s Futures” series, this discussion will help us explore the links between rape and women's inequality.

Professor Miranda Horvath, David Jenkins Chair in Forensic and Legal Medicine at Middlesex London University, will make a presentation on the subject, followed by discussion.

Friday 7th December 2012

1.30 – 3.30pm

Macdonald Holyrood Hotel

81 Holyrood Road , Edinburgh, EH8 8AU

Places are limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

0131 558 9596

Published: 22nd November 2012

"Consent" screening in Dumfries on 4th December
"Consent" screening in Dumfries on 4th December

As part of the 2012 16 Days of Action Against Violence Against Women (a campaign to raise awareness about violence against women across the globe), the Dumfries & Galloway Domestic Abuse and Violence Against Women Partnership and Rape Crisis Scotland are holding a special public screening of the film "Consent".

Consent features the dramatisation of the background to a rape case, and follows colleagues Becky and Steve on the works night out which led up to the case. The second part of the film is not a dramatisation, however, but a courtroom setting where the trial is conducted as though it were real.

We see at first hand the deliberations of a jury of real people, who must decide whether Steve is guilty of rape, based on what they have seen. The screening will be followed by an audience/panel discussion. The panel will include representatives from the Police Family Protection Unit, South West Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Centre, the Procurator Fiscal's Office and Rape Crisis Scotland.

To reserve a free place, please contact Kate Barrick on 01387 245 190 or email
The screening will take place at the Robert Burns Film Theatre in Dumfries on Tuesday 4th December. Registration and tea or coffee will be available from 5.00 pm.

Published: 20th November 2012

Reclaim The Night March, Glasgow - 26th November 2012
Reclaim The Night March, Glasgow - 26th November 2012

November is upon us again and this year, Rape Crisis, Glasgow is marking the 16 Days of Action for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on Monday 26th November 2012 with their annual Reclaim the Night march and rally.

The 16 Days of Action links 25th November, which is International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and 10th December, International Human Rights Day so that we can recognise that violence against women is a violation of women’s human rights. Along with groups worldwide, the staff and management of Rape Crisis, Glasgow are committed to …

· raising awareness about gender-based violence as a human rights issue at the local, national, regional and international levels

· strengthening local work around violence against women

· establishing a clear link between local and international work to end violence against women

· providing a forum in which organizers can develop and share new and effective strategies

· demonstrating the solidarity of women around the world organizing against violence against women

· creating tools to pressure governments to implement promises made to eliminate violence against women

… in our call for the elimination of all forms of violence against women – violence that includes rape, sexual assault, prostitution and pornography, trafficking, domestic abuse, female genital mutilation...

Please take some time to check out the website of the Centre for Women’s Global Leadership on for more information on what’s happening internationally between 25th November and 10th December 2012.

This year the theme of the Glasgow event will be “WOMEN ARE NOT FOR SALE IN SCOTLAND”. We want to speak out in support of the importance of promoting equality in Scotland for all women, using a challenging demand approach to prostitution and highlighting potential legislation to support this.

The route for the Reclaim the Night march in Glasgow will once again start from Botanic Gardens corner of Great Western Road and Queen Margaret Drive at 6.30 pm, down Byres Road, University Avenue, Gibson Street, Eldon Street and will end with a rally in the STUC. As always, there will be hot drinks, food, speeches and music at the end of the march.

You can download a flyer for the event here. Please cascade this flyer and information down to any colleagues you think may be interested in joining us on the march.

All welcome. This is not a women only event.

Published: 5th November 2012

ICSoR 2012: The 3rd International Conference on Survivors of Rape
ICSoR 2012: The 3rd International Conference on Survivors of Rape

Rape Crisis Network Ireland (RCNI) are hosting the Third International Conference on Survivors of Rape (ICSoR) on November 9th and 10th 2012 in the city of Galway in the West of Ireland.

A seminar day will also take place on Thursday the 8th November.

This year’s conference will build on the strong foundations of previous conferences, and is intended to deepen our understanding of how to meet survivor needs with a sustained and robust multiagency approach.

RCNI are keen to make this conference a platform for learning, building up of relationships and research partnerships, which contribute to our shared international evidence base in responding to sexual violence.

This conference is of relevance to medical practitioners, psychotherapists, counsellors, advocates, police, legal and judicial professionals, policy makers, academics and researchers, specialist nursing practitioners, public representatives, activists and others.

ICSoR 2012 will be held in association with UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre and the Global Women's Studies Centre, NUI Galway.

You can download a leaflet here for further information.

Published: 12th October 2012

National Stalking Awareness Day - New Resources on Stalking
National Stalking Awareness Day - New Resources on Stalking

To mark National Stalking Awareness Day, which takes place today (April 18th), Rape Crisis Scotland is releasing a new version of its Stalking information in BSL for deaf people. You can see this at . This video joins the RCS Stalking leaflet, and its translations into French, Urdu, Punjabi, Mandarin Chinese, Slovak, Arabic and Polish on this subject.

Rape Crisis Scotland is part of the Scottish National Group on Stalking, working together with partner agencies to raise awareness and promote good practice around stalking. As part of National Stalking Awareness Day, the Scottish Government is hosting an event, launched by Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill to promote the issue, highlight the legislation which came into effect in December 2010 and share good practice.

There will be a co-ordinated event in Westminster, where the UK Government is currently looking to develop specific legislation for England & Wales.
For more information on stalking please see or

Published: 18th April 2012

Rape Crisis Scotland looking for new volunteers

Rape Crisis Scotland is looking for new volunteers to work on the National Helpline, offering initial and crisis support for anyone affected by sexual violence.

The opportunity is open to all women but we are particularly keen to hear from women from BME communities, disabled women and older women. The helpline is based in Glasgow. A comprehensive training programme will start on Saturday 21st April.

If you are interested in applying to volunteer, we are holding an information evening where you can find out more about us and what’s involved, on Monday 19th March at The Albany Learning & Conference Centre, 44 Ashley Street, Glasgow G3 6DS between 6.30 – 8pm.

For more information or to book a place at the information evening, please contact Cath Campbell on 0141 331 4188 or email

This post requires a female applicant and is exempt under Schedule 9, Part 1 of the Equality Act 2010. The selection process will include seeking enhanced disclosure information.

Published: 24th February 2012

The Way Forward: forthcoming conference
The Way Forward: forthcoming conference

Archway Glasgow and Rape Crisis Scotland are holding a joint conference on 8th February 2012.

Entitled "The Way Forward: responding to the needs of rape survivors", the conference aims to reflect on rape and sexual assault service provision, to highlight successes and point the way ahead for the future. The day will provide an opportunity to facilitate a better understanding of what strategies and approaches are most effective in dealing with sexual assault in Scotland, and look at development of services.

The conference is open to all who work in or are interested in rape and sexual assault services in Scotland. You can download a conference flyer here. The conference is free, and will take place at the Radisson Hotel, 301 Argyle Street, Glasgow G2 8DL on Wednesday 8th February 2012 between 9am and 4.30pm.

Published: 16th January 2012

"Consent" - Screening in West Lothian
"Consent" - Screening in West Lothian

To mark the international 16 days of action campaign to raise awareness on violence against women, West Lothian Violence against Women Strategic Group in partnership with Rape Crisis Scotland are pleased to invite you to the special screening of the drama documentary “Consent” followed by a panel discussion.

The event will be taking place on the 7th December, 6:00 – 8:30 pm, West Lothian Civic Centre Chambers. For further details please download the flyer.

If you would like to attend or for further information please contact or 01506 281 111 by the 21st November. Please register early to avoid disappointment, places are limited.

Published: 14th November 2011


The International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival Document 9, which takes place in Glasgow between the 20th and 23rd October, will include a screening of "Silence", a short documentary film narrated through personal experience of partner rape, and revealing the wider implications of rape myths.

Sharon, a Senior Lecturer in Psychology explains the prevalence of acquaintance rape, countering the common myth that all rapists are strangers. She also explains that only a minority of victims receive justice.

Joanne has worked directly with victims and thinks victim stereotypes are dangerous. She illustrates that false stereotypes around how victims can act can lead to survivors of acquaintance rape being routinely disbelieved and blamed for their abuse.

The mother and sister of a rape survivor talk directly about their experiences with public and police reactions, talking about the damage that rape myths can cause.

"Silence" will be screened on 21st October in the Clubroom at the Centre for Contemporary Arts, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow between 11am and 12 noon. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the audience, Laura Connett the filmmaker, and Sandy Brindley from Rape Crisis Scotland.

For more information about Document 9 see

Published: 5th October 2011