Eilidh Whiteford praises coverage of new rape and abuse laws

Eilidh Whiteford.
Eilidh Whiteford.

Coverage of new Scottish laws to prevent rape and abuse has been praised by Banff and Buchan MP Eilidh Whiteford.

The SNP politician will visit Inverurie tomorrow, to speak about her Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women Bill, which she has dedicated to Sarah Scott.

Dr Whiteford said it was important to link the work being done by UK and Scottish Governments to support survivors like Sarah in their fight for justice.

She said: “The work done recently by the Evening Express to highlight the broader scope of change we are seeing not just on a UK wide basis but in Scotland should be applauded.

“When I spoke in the House of Commons after the final stage of the bill was passed, I dedicated it to Sarah Scott, a survivor of serious sexual violence who has fought for justice for other rape victims.

“It is only by highlighting the wide spectrum of issues including sexual violence and domestic abuse which includes stalking, domestic violence, sexual assault and rape that we can begin to make real change.

“The sensitive way in these issues have been handled by the Evening Express will only serve to educate communities in the North-east.”

Dr Whiteford’s Bill will place legal obligations on the UK to prevent violence against women, protect women and prosecute the perpetrators.

Dr Whiteford said: “This Bill is a powerful vehicle for improving policy, practices and services on an ongoing basis.

“I have heard many first-hand accounts from women who have experience gender-based violence.

“I was delighted the bill had the cross-party support that it did and I look forward to discussing the impact this bill with have further on Friday.”

Aberdeenshire Councillor Alison Evison said: “Violence against women and domestic abuse can unfortunately appear in all our communities.

“As Chair of Aberdeenshire’s Gender Based Violence group, I have got to know of the many groups supporting those affected.

“We are working together to raise awareness and to develop strategies to prevent this violence.

“We are delighted Eilidh Whiteford is able to speak with us here.”