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Rape and the legal system

Rape and the legal system

Two out of three rape trials fail to secure a conviction

Almost two-thirds of rape charges brought before Scottish courts for trial did not result in a conviction, new Crown Office figures have revealed.

Law 'may not be effective' in rape cases

The new Lord Advocate has questioned the effectiveness of Scots law in prosecuting rape claims.

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Slutwalk - For and against

As the infamous Slutwalk marches on to the streets of the Capital, Claire Askew and Jenny Kemp debate its merits as a valid movement

Slutwalk: is it really the way for woman to raise awareness about rape?

IT ALL started with a comment made by one man to ten students in Toronto. In January a police officer called Michael Sanguinetti gave a talk on personal safety to a group of students on a university campus. "I've been told I'm not supposed to say this," he said. "However, women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimised."

Ken Clarke should be axed over rape comments - Miliband

ED MILIBAND today demanded the resignation of Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke after he said that there were different categories of rape.

Analysis: Victims' human rights at stake

At Rape Crisis Scotland we are concerned that there is a very real possibility that the Cadder ruling might reduce even further the already extremely low prosecution rate for rape.

Scots rape laws face European challenge

RAPE victims whose cases are not taken on by prosecutors could appeal under European rules and radically change Scots law, according to Scotland's top lawyer.

Bill Aitken quits Holyrood Justice Committee over rape comments

CONSERVATIVE MSP Bill Aitken has quit his role as convener of Holyrood's Justice Committee after comments he made about an alleged rape drew widespread criticism.

Police use beer mats to get the message across on rape

POLICE in Edinburgh are to launch the latest stage in a new campaign against rape.

Carla Gray: Should Scots look abroad to boost rape convictions?

As Julian Assange faces trial, Carla Gray asks what we can learn from the Swedish legal system

Judge jails man for 'despicable' rape of drunken 14-year-old

A MAN who carried out a "despicable" rape on a 14-year-old girl at a party has been jailed for seven and a half years.

Victim's Facebook bid to keep rapist in jail waives anonymity 'for justice'

NICKY Jones was a 13-year-old schoolgirl when a rapist robbed her of her childhood.

Stalker jailed over online tale of rape and murder

A STALKER was jailed after writing an online story about raping and murdering a woman he had been harassing in real life for two years.

Rapist who subjected prostitute to 'horrific' hammer attack faces life

A MAN who abducted, raped and tried to murder a prostitute is facing a life in prison.

Jury convicts man after nine years of brutal sex attacks

A MAN was yesterday found guilty of committing a series of violent sex attacks in Inverness over a nine-year period.

Trauma of girl, 16, raped in city centre

A GIRL of 16 has been left "utterly traumatised" after she was dragged into a lane and raped.

'Lives could be lost' if rape crisis cash is cut, support groups warn

SUPPORT services for rape and domestic abuse victims across Scotland could be put at risk if the Scottish Government abandons dedicated funding for women and children's organisations, two leading support groups have warned.

Sentence is delayed on rapist twin

Sentencing of a serial sex attacker caught by his twin brother's DNA was delayed yesterday.

Television advert challenges belief that rape victims are 'asking for it'

SCOTLAND's first ever television advert aimed at challenging ingrained attitudes among some Scots blaming women for being raped was launched last night to coincide with peak World Cup audiences.

Rapist strikes again months after going free

THE brutal rape of a schoolteacher by a convicted sex offender has sparked calls for tougher bail and monitoring conditions.

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