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Survivor Reference Group

The Survivor Reference Group is a diverse group of over 50 survivors from across Scotland who have had some engagement with the Justice System, whether that’s a Police report that never went any further right through to trial(s).

The participation group advocate powerfully for change, drawing on their lived experience with individuals and institutions to improve responses to sexual violence.

To date the Survivor Reference Group have produced an initial report highlighting areas of priority, met with the Lord Advocate and Cabinet Secretary for Justice, raised issues around Police retention of mobile phones, shaped the Forensics Medical Services (Scotland) Bill, including meeting directly with the Health and Sport Committee at the Scottish Parliament, and engaged with media locally and nationally to highlight the impact of sexual violence, the justice system, health responses, societal attitudes and much more.

The group is also currently developing a Podcast miniseries covering everything from mental health to sex after sexual violence to the court process – watch this space!

The Survivor Reference Group are an invaluable part of what we do at Rape Crisis Scotland, ensuring that the voices of survivors are at the core of our work, shaping our priorities and helping us to improve responses to sexual violence in communities across Scotland.

To find out more about the Survivor Reference Group, please email

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