Date lodged: 5 July 2016
To ask the Scottish Government whether it will conduct research into police response to rape at a national level.
Answered by: Annabelle Ewing 22 July 2016
Rape is a heinous crime, and the Scottish Government is committed to supporting victims and tackling perpetrators. The police prioritise a strong response to rape; Police Scotland, after its creation in 2013, established the National Rape Task Force and Domestic Abuse Task Force to target the most prolific perpetrators, as well as ensuring there are Divisional Rape Investigation Units in every local policing division in Scotland.
As the First Minister advised in response to your question at FMQs on 2 June 2016, the Scottish Government has prioritised the allocation of resources to review how health boards undertake forensic medical examinations of sexual offence victims. This work will shortly be underway so as to help understand the current provision including in relation to the locations of the examinations in different parts of Scotland and also the gender of the examiner in different parts of Scotland.