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Sexual assault victims are waiting up to 14 months for counselling as specialist support services struggle to cope with "unprecedented demand", MPs have warned.A report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Sexual Violence said specific support services for victims could cease to exist completely due to lack of funding…
A new hotline for reporting the sexual exploitation of children has been launched by Barnardo’s Scotland and Crimestoppers.The Nightwatch Hotline will enable people to anonymously pass on information to the charities and police if they suspect a child is being sexually abused – especially for people working in Scotland’s night-time…
An £825,000 training scheme will help police officers across Scotland deal with some of the more “insidious and damaging” forms of domestic abuse, the Justice Secretary said.Humza Yousaf (pictured) spoke out as Police Scotland began preparing more than 14,000 officers and staff for the introduction in 2019 of new legislation…
The "traumatic" impact of psychological abuse and controlling behaviour is being highlighted in two videos by the Metropolitan Police as part of a campaign to get more victims to seek help.The force has produced two short films shining a spotlight on both physical and psychological domestic abuse.The films show a…
An "alarming" proportion of British adults remain unclear about what constitutes rape, despite the rise of the #MeToo movement, a campaign group has said.The End Violence Against Women (EVAW) coalition said results from a YouGov survey of nearly 4,000 people highlighted why access to justice is "beyond the reach of…
The Scottish Government has announced £8.5 million in funding to improve forensic medical examinations and other health services for victims of rape and sexual assault.This financial year, £2.5 million will go towards recruiting staff, providing training and building facilities.The remaining £6 million will be split equally between 2019-20 and 2020-21.It…
A council facing severe criticism for inviting a serial rapist to take part in legal proceedings about the future of a child he fathered with one of his victims says it is seeking urgent clarity from the government.Rotherham Council responded after campaigner and survivor of the town's child exploitation scandal…
The conviction of a man who used social media to name the woman at the centre of the Ulster rugby rape trial should act as a deterrent for future cases, police have said.Sean McFarland from Belfast pleaded guilty on Wednesday to breaching the lifetime ban on naming a complainant in…
Domestic abuse incidents recorded by police in Scotland have risen in the past year but the Justice Secretary says he is confident new laws will help tackle the crime.A total of 59,541 incidents of domestic abuse were recorded in 2017-18, according to Scotland’s chief statistician, an annual increase of 1%.In…
A police force has removed an "insulting" child sexual exploitation campaign from social media after accusations of victim blaming.North Yorkshire Police posted a series of images on social media as part of a new campaign to target child sexual exploitation.The posts, which have been removed, included messages such as: "Which…
A jailed sex offender was given the chance to play a part in the future of the child of a woman he raped, it has been reported.The man, who was reportedly part of a grooming gang, was contacted in jail by a council who gave him a chance to seek…
An action plan to tackle violence against women in Scotland is to be expanded.The Equally Safe strategy launched last year included measures to teach school children the importance of consent and healthy relationships.Now as part of a United Nations campaign of 16 days of activism around violence against women, the…
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