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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has branded Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson "shameful" for her stance on the UK Government's so-called rape clause. Ms Davidson released a statement through a spokesman on Tuesday giving her backing to exemptions to the UK Government's welfare reforms, including the controversial clause. That came after…
Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale has called on Ruth Davidson to confront the Prime Minister on the UK Government's controversial "rape clause". The policy came into force last week as part of welfare reforms limiting claims for child tax credit and Universal Credit to the first two children. An exemption…
A couple who sexually abused a mentally-disordered woman held prisoner in their home for six years have been sentenced to a total of 18 years in prison. Keith and Caroline Baker raped and sexually abused their traumatised and emaciated victim, who had no way of escaping them. Neighbours in Craigavon…
Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland (HMICS) has published its report on provision of services for forensic examinations across Scotland for victims of sexual crime. HMICS Strategic Overview of Provision of Forensic Medical Services to Victims of Sexual Crime looking into how adult and child victims of sexual crime…
England and Wales's most senior public prosecutor has accused a judge of propagating a "victim-blaming culture" around rape cases. Judge Philip Shorrock, a barrister for almost 40 years, said in most trials the alleged rapist was "unsurprisingly" acquitted because both people involved had been drinking or taking drugs and there…
A female judge who warned women they are at greater risk of being raped if they get drunk has been accused of victim-blaming by a police commissioner. Lindsey Kushner said there was "absolutely no excuse" for sex attacks but warned that men gravitate towards vulnerable women, as she jailed a…
An awareness-raising campaign aimed at challenging common misconceptions about how victims respond to rape has been launched. The Rape Crisis Scotland project hopes to address the "myth" there is a right way and a wrong way for people to react during or after an attack. Entitled I Just Froze, the…
Charities dedicated to helping abuse survivors and victims of rape are to be given funding from the Scottish Government on a three-year basis in future. Equalities Secretary Angela Constance announced the move, which she said would provide "greater clarity and reassurance" for organisations working in the area. From July 2017,…
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