Date lodged: 5 July 2016
To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to evaluate and improve the experience for victims reporting rape to the police.
Answered by: Annabelle Ewing 2 August 2016
I refer the member to the answer to question S5W-01213 on 22 July 2016. We have also legislated, through the Victims and Witnesses (Scotland) Act 2014, to ensure that those who report sexual offences should be able to choose the gender of their police interviewer. Additionally, last year, we awarded just under £2 million to Rape Crisis centres to enhance the support available for survivors of sexual violence (including advocacy), and in June the Equalities Secretary announced £844K of support for Rape Crisis Scotland and local centres.
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