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Question ref. S5W-24987
Asked by: Jenny Gilruth, Mid Fife and Glenrothes, Scottish National Party
Date lodged: 28 August 2019


To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on its Programme for Government commitment to consult on legislation to improve forensic medical services for victims of rape and sexual assault.

Current status: Answered by Jeane Freeman on 29 August 2019


The Scottish Government’s consultation paper asking for views on legislative proposals to improve forensic medical services for victims of rape and sexual assault was published for response for 12 weeks, between 15 February and 8 May 2019.

Amongst views sought, the paper set out proposals on introducing direct statutory functions on NHS boards to provide forensic medical services and healthcare support to all victims, including those who have chosen not to report the crime to police, or are undecided, but wish to undergo examination and access support (known as “self-referral”).

Where we have permission to do so, we have published moderated responses at .

Scottish Government has also held consultation events with representatives from Police Scotland, the Scottish Police Authority (SPA), the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS), NHS Scotland, Rape Crisis Scotland and survivors to explore the development of a consistent national model for self-referral.

Scottish Government has today published an Analysis Report of views expressed through consultation at .

We will fully consider all views expressed through consultation. This will ensure any legislation brought forward as a result is fully considered, supports delivery and is informed by those who have lived experienced of rape or sexual assault.

Subject to the finalisation of the government's legislative programme, it remains the intention to legislate in this area in the current parliamentary session.