Rape crisis services in Orkney and Shetland will receive an extra £38,000 to increase their staff, the Justice Secretary Michael Matheson has announced.
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.
“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.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org telephone 0141 225 6875.
The consultation closes on Wednesday 13th September 2017.
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 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
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]
Are you LGBTQI+ and willing to take part in a focus group?
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]
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
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.