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Some of the most powerful and impactful messages about sexual violence are the result of visually creative and artistic responses to the issue.

Collette Howie is a Quilter who has been involved for the past two years in the creation of a collaborative quilt through the Instagram quilting community. Responding to the widespread publicity surrounding the gang rape of a young woman in Delhi in 2012, and the rape culture evident in Roosh V and similar stories, Collette and her creative collaborators decided to raise awareness of and to protest sexual violence globally through a quilting project which they hope will highlight consent and rape culture in a new and arresting way. Collette describes the development of the project below:

Children are never culpable for their abuse

On the face of it, legislation in Scotland, and the rest of the UK, provides strong protection for children under 13 from rape. Regard

Under the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 2009, children under 13 are deemed incapable of consenting to sex. There is no defence of mistake in age, making it what is called a strict liability crime. To prove rape of a young child (defined as under 13), the Crown need to prove that penile penetration took place, and that the penetration was by the accused. Unlike other rape cases where the complainer is over the age of 13, they do not need to prove lack of consent of the complainer or lack of reasonable belief in consent on the part of the accused. This is because children under the age of 13 are considered incapable of meaningfully consenting to a sexual relationship.

[Image by Ben Seidelmann from Flickr, reproduced under Creative Commons licence]

Not yours to share

It’s easy to forget that with a Smartphone in your hand you have more computing power than NASA had at its disposal in the same decade as it put a man on the moon. Scottish Government posters

There are countless ways in which this revolution has transformed our lives and world. Unfortunately, however, the impact of digital technology, like any other powerful implement, depends entirely on the agenda and motives of the person wielding it.

The prospect of having intimate images or videos of ourselves circulated among friends & family or across every continent is a nightmare scenario for most of us, but it’s now a familiar part of the digital backdrop to a reality where exerting pressure on and hurting others in this way is just a touch or a swipe away for someone who is so minded.

Stealthing is no sex trend

Stealthing might sound suggestive of some kind of Woman on bed with head in darknesssexy espionage-themed role-play, and certainly, its emergence as a theme in online discussion and elsewhere has been down in part to its promotion among misogynists as a new ‘sex trend’.

[Image by Keirsten Marie on Flickr reproduced under Creative Commons license]

Stalking in Scotland: the current picture

Stalking in Scotland: the current picture

By Katy Proctor

Since 2010, when stalking was defined as a crime in Scotland, much has been achieved to raise awareness and understanding of the crime. As a consequence, reports to the police, convictions and custodial sentences for perpetrators have increased in frequency with each year.