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Funding to expand services in Orkney and Shetland

Rape crisis services in Orkney and Shetland will receive an extra £38,000 to increase their staff, the Justice Secretary Michael Matheson has Shetland RC & Michael Mathesonannounced.

Over the course of two days Mr Matheson met with survivors who have been supported by Shetland and Orkney Rape Crisis Centres to discuss the difference that having local advocacy support services has meant for them.

He said:

“Rape Crisis Scotland does incredible work and is literally a life line to those who need their services. I have had the privilege of meeting with people who have been supported by these new services and they cannot speak highly enough of the support they have received from Shetland and Orkney Rape Crisis. That is why I am delighted that we are building on the success of the establishment of these local centers and providing additional funding for each.

Consultation on standards for healthcare & forensic medical services

Femal doctors conducting examination

Are you or is someone you know a survivor of rape, sexual assault or child sexual abuse who would like to feed into the development of standards being developed for healthcare and forensic medical services?

This is an important opportunity to shape a service vital to survivors of sexual violence. Rape Crisis Scotland will be holding consultation meetings - if you are interested in taking part in these, please email us at info@rapecrisisscotland.org.uk.

You can take part in the consultation process at https://is.gd/WGZlgY where the draft standards are available to download, and you can give your feedback via an online survey, or by completing a consultation form to return by email or post.

Further information about the consultation process can be obtained from Jim Smith, Project Officer at hcis.standardsandindicators@nhs.net telephone 0141 225 6875.

The consultation closes on Wednesday 13th September 2017.

Public consultation on sentencing

The public is to have a say in the development of Scotland’s first sentencing guideline which will influence the way offenders are sentenced in our courts.

The Scottish Sentencing Council is launching a public consultation on its first draft guideline, which sets out the principles and purposes of sentencing for all offences.

The Council, which is made up of judicial, legal and lay members, was set up as an independent advisory body to promote consistency in sentencing across Scotland. An essential part of its work is to prepare guidelines for the courts.

Although some relevant guidance already exists in the form of court decisions in particular cases, this will be the first time that a comprehensive definition is provided for the principles underlying sentencing decisions and the purposes they seek to achieve. [Image: Lady Dorrian, the Lord Justice Clerk]

LGBTQI focus group participants sought

Are you LGBTQI+ and willing to take part in a focus group? Rainbow
This research is being carried out by a student from the MSc Gender Studies (applied) at the University of Stirling as part of a research placement based at Rape Crisis Scotland. Rape Crisis Scotland runs the national helpline providing support to survivors of any form of sexual violence of all genders aged 13+ by phone and email. Support is also available to friends, family, partners and workers. RCS works alongside the 16 Rape Crisis services across Scotland.

[Image by Matt Buck reproduced under Creative Commons licence]

Non-consensual image-sharing criminalised

Rape Crisis Scotland welcomes new legislation coming into effect today which makes the non-consensual sharing of intimate images and videos (or threatening to share these) a criminal offence.

Finding that someone has publicly shared images they believed were private within the context of a trusting relationship can be devastating and can leave people struggling with feelings of shame, embarrassment, fearing a variety of consequences and not knowing where to turn for support and justice.