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Survivors' Guide to the Scottish Justice System

Survivors' Guide to the Scottish Justice System

Rape Crisis Scotland has produced a new DVD resource aimed at explaining the criminal justice process for survivors of sexual violence.

Sexual crimes continue to figure among those with the lowest reporting rates and survivors face many barriers when considering whether or not to take this step, including fears around what will happen if they do. Of survivors seeking support from rape crisis centres only a small proportion have reported what happened to police.

The new DVD (entitled ‘Survivors’ Guide to the Scottish Justice System’) is intended to help anyone who is thinking about reporting a sexual crime or who has already reported. The DVD offers an overview of how to report and includes a series of interviews with key professionals including a SOLO officer, a forensic examiner, a prosecutor, a defence lawyer, and the Lord Advocate.

These first-hand accounts explain in detail what reporting a sexual crime and the subsequent investigation and trial can involve at every step of the journey and Rape Crisis Scotland hopes that this new resource will help survivors to feel better informed when they are making the decision about whether or not to report, and (for those who have already reported) as their cases progress.

The DVD includes options for voiceover translations into 6 community languages and English subtitles for people who are Deaf and hard of hearing.

For more information, or to receive a copy of the DVD, please email info@rapecrisisscotland.org.uk.