Tavish presses First Minister on forensic facilities for sexual assault survivors


Tavish today pressed the First Minister over the provision of forensic services for survivors of rape and sexual assault in Shetland.

During First Minister’s Questions, Tavish asked Nicola Sturgeon to ensure that facilities allowing for forensic evidence to be gathered in Lerwick are made available as soon as possible, noting that current travel requirements are serving as a barrier to victims coming forward.

Commenting, Tavish Scott said:

“Rape Crisis Shetland have already said that the prospect of travelling to the mainland is preventing survivors from coming forward and getting the justice they deserve.

“The First Minister has recognised that there are challenges in supporting survivors of sexual assualt and rape in the islands. What we need now is a commitment from government that facilities and training will be provided to ensure medical examinations can be offered in Lerwick.

“I look forward to meeting with the Justice Secretary in the coming weeks to discuss what practical steps can be taken to ensure survivors are supported without the need for a traumatic trip to the mainland.”

A video of Tavish's exchange with the First Minister is available here

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