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Evidence to Justice Committee on the Vulnerable Witnesses (Criminal Evidence) (Scotland) Bill September 2018

Written evidence by Rape Crisis Scotland to the Scottish Parliament's Justice Committee

Filename: RCSJustice-CommitteeevidenceVulnWitBillSept18.pdf
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Evidence to Justice Committee on Vulnerable Witnesses (Criminal Evidence) (Scotland) Bill September 2018

Rape Crisis Scotland's written evidence to the Scottish Parliament's Justice Committee on the Vulnerable Witnesses (Criminal Evidence) (Scotland) Bill.

Filename: RCSJustice-CommitteeevidenceVulnWitBillSept18.docx
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FGM web app

A web app for young people in the UK who want to find out more about female genital mutilation (FGM)

Link: http://petals.coventry.ac.uk/
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Adult Support & Protection Toolkit

This toolkit is intended to help ensure that people in Scotland are fully informed and encouraged to act if they think someone is being harmed or is at risk.

The Adult Support & Protection Campaign reminds us that:

• We can often have an instinctual feeling that someone is being harmed or is at risk; a sense that something is not right. By acting on this, we can help a person who is at risk to overcome the situation and become safe from harm.

• It’s both vital and safe to act on concerns. One anonymous phone call to your local council is all it takes. They will check it out sensitively to make sure support is given, if needed.

• Adult harm can take many forms, from financial harm to physical harm, to neglect, to psychological harm to taking advantage of people who aren’t in a position to stand up for themselves due to age, illness, mental health, learning or physical disability.

Filename: ASP-Toolkit.pdf
File size: 856KB
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What's gender got to do with it?

What health workers need to know about gender-based violence

Filename: Whats-gender-got-to-do-with-it-What-health-workers-need-to-know-about-GBV.pdf
File size: 377KB
Tags: violence-against-women
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Consultation on criminalising the purchase of sex in Scotland: RCS response

The response RCS submitted to the consultation on criminalizing the purchase of sex in Scotland.

Filename: RCSRhoda-Grantresponse.pdf
File size: 130KB
Tags: legal
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Briefing Paper on Carloway Review

Following the UK Supreme court’s Cadder ruling last year, the Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill asked Lord Carloway to undertake a review to consider the implications of the ruling and make recommendations.

The Cadder ruling relates to an accused’s right to legal representation during police questioning, and has had a particular impact on sexual offences.  Due to the difficulties in obtaining corroboration in sexual offences cases (because they often happen in private, with no witnesses) the police prior to Cadder were often reliant on admissions from the accused to help them build a case.  Since the Cadder decision, defence lawyers seem to be routinely advising their clients to make no comment at all during police interviews, which is causing serious difficulties and has the potential to make prosecutions in rape cases even more difficult.

As well as considering questions relating to legal representation for the accused, Lord Carloway has also been considering broader issues relating to evidence, including the requirement for corroboration and whether or not juries should be able to draw an adverse inference if the accused remains silent and refuses to answer any questions. Rape Crisis Scotland has produced a briefing paper outlining our position on these questions raised by the Carloway Review and hope this will be helpful to other agencies planning to respond to the consultation.  The deadline for consultation responses is 3rd June 2011.

Filename: Briefing-on-the-Carloway-Review.pdf
File size: 121KB
Tags: legal
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SOS Pledge signatories

List of MSPs who have signied the Save Our Services pledge

Filename: Pledged-MSPs.pdf
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Outline Guide to the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 2009

Outline Guide to the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 2009

Filename: Outline-guide-to-SOSA-2009-Nov-2010--2-.pdf
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Preventing intimate partner and sexual violence against women: taking action and generating evidence

Intimate partner and sexual violence affect a large proportion of the population – with the majority of those directly experiencing such violence being women and the majority perpetrating it being men.

This document aims to provide sufficient information for policy-makers and planners to develop data-driven and evidence-based programmes for preventing intimate partner and sexual violence against women.

Filename: Preventing-20Intimate-20Partner-20and-20Sexual-20Violence-20Against-20Women1.pdf
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Tags: sexual-violence
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Disclosure of personal records of complainers of sexual assaults by Raitt F, RCS Briefing Paper, 2010

Examines concerns around the way in which disclosure of personal records is used in sexual offence trials and in particular the impact of the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2010 on this issue.

Takes account of the latest version of the Crown Disclosure Manual.

Filename: Records-Briefing-Paper-Sept2010.pdf
File size: 46KB
Tags: legal
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Use of sexual history and character evidence in sexual offence trials, RCS Briefing Paper, 2008

An overview of the impact and use of sexual history and character evidence in sexual offence trials, and of the effectiveness of legislation currently in place which was intended to limit this.

Filename: sexual-history-evidence.pdf
File size: 527KB
Tags: rape-crisis-scotland
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Asylum & Humanitarian Protection for LGB people

Stonewall leaflet about the LGBT community and claiming asylum.

Filename: stoasylum-guide.pdf
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Unlocking sexual abuse and learning disabilities

The booklet, prepared by ENABLE Scotland, is for parents, carers or support workers of adults with learning disabilites. It covers how to support someone who has been sexually abused and lists sources of help and support.

Filename: enable-abusebooklet-handbook.pdf
File size: 1987KB
Tags: sexual-violence
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Digital stalking: a guide to technology risks for victims

We all use a variety of different technology such as mobile phones, e-mail, online shopping and social networks. However, using this technology can put stalking victims at risk. It is important that support professionals and victims understand how technology works, why it puts them at risk and what steps they can take to reduce those risks. These guidelines review the most commonly used technologies and their risks.

Filename: Digital-stalking-A-guide-to-technology-risks-for-victims-2012.pdf
File size: 1578KB
Tags: stalking
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Surviving sexual abuse: an easy-read guide

A guide produced by ENABLE Scotland in easy-read format for adults with learning disabilities who have experienced sexual abuse. It describes what sexual abuse is, how people can protect themselves from abuse and what they can do if they have been abused.

Filename: enable-abusebooklet-easyread.pdf
File size: 1279KB
Tags: sexual-violence