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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.
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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.
Rape Crisis Scotland in collaboration with the University of Strathclyde Law Clinic invites tenders to provide legal advice and representation for the Scottish Women's Rights Centre.
Deadline is noon on 31st May 2017.
For more information please download this document.
Rape Crisis Scotland welcomes the stand taken by the Equality and Human Rights Commission in defending the human rights and privacy rights of rape survivors.
In a letter sent today by the Commission to Damian Hinds MP, Minister for Employment at the Department of Work and Pensions, the Commission refers to ‘the invasive reporting requirements of intimate details’ and states:
‘We consider that there has been a failure to fully consider the impact of the implementation of this exemption, including the potentially traumatic process for having eligibility assessed and the risk of retraumatisation upon survivors of rape. This system would rely upon women who we know from statistics are overwhelmingly unlikely to report rape to police, reporting it to Department of Work and Pensions. The approach also does not account for children born of an ongoing abusive relationship, where women may not exercise power over decisions on how many children to have - and when.’
If you are as concerned as Rape Crisis Scotland is about the very real harm that the Rape Clause will do (see https://is.gd/pyamdh to find out what this really means for women and children), and want to do something about it, please consider writing to your elected representatives to ask them to do everything they can to put an end to this appalling piece of legislation.
By contacting your MP about this issue and asking her/him to represent your views, and the interests of survivors, you will be taking a valuable step towards rolling back an unworkable policy so inhumane that 78 psychologists have signed a letter stating that the
#rapeclause 'will cause significant psychological harm' : https://is.gd/RtwTyZ .