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Invitation to tender to provide legal advice & representation to the Scottish Women's Rights Centre

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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.

EHRC takes a stand against the #rapeclause

Rape Clause letter

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.’

Outraged at the Rape Clause? Here’s what you can do

Outraged at the Rape Clause? Here’s what you can do

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 .

New report on forensic provision for victims of sexual crime in Scotland

New report on forensic provision for victims of sexual crime in Scotland

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland has today published its report on provision of services for forensic examinations across Scotland for victims of sexual crime.

This report says that services for rape victims across Scotland are unacceptable.

In response, the Scottish Government has announced the establishment of an implementation group, chaired by the Chief Medical Officer for Scotland, to take forward improvements to the provision of health services for victims of rape and sexual assault.

I Just Froze

I Just Froze

Rape Crisis Scotland has launched a new campaign set to challenge and change common misconceptions that there is a right or wrong way for people to react during or after a rape.

Funded by the Scottish Government and voiced by Daniela Nardini ‘I just froze’ is centred on two creative animations. The online campaign emphasises that freezing is a common and natural response to rape, challenging prevalent beliefs that ‘fight or flight’ are the only valid responses to trauma. In doing so, ‘I just froze’ defies the idea that people are always able to fight back or report rape straight away and helps people to understand why this might be. This understanding is vital to improving public attitudes and responses to survivors of sexual violence across Scotland.