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Woman sues ex-boyfriend for domestic abuse and alleged rape

In a landmark case, a woman who claims she was raped by her ex-boyfriend and a domestic abuse victim is suing her former partner for personal injury damages.

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More than half of those convicted of sexual assault did not go to jail, new statistics find

Convictions for violent and sexual offences are on the rise despite an overall fall in the number of cases coming before the Scottish courts. Official statistics released on Tuesday – named Criminal Proceedings in Scotland 2017-18 – found the number of convictions for crimes of violence increased five per cent in 2017-18, including rises in attempted murder, serious assault and a 17 per cent jump in homicides.

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Alex Salmond charged with nine counts of sexual assault

Former Scottish first minister Alex Salmond has appeared at court after he was arrested and charged by the police for attempted rape and sexual assault. Salmond faces 14 charges – two counts of attempted rape, nine counts of sexual assault, two of indecent assault, and one of breach of the peace.

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Scottish Government Set to Tackle Misogyny

Last month, the Cabinet Secretary for Justice Humza Yousaf announced that Scottish Ministers will meet to discuss how criminal law can be strengthened in order to better tackle misogynistic behaviour.

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Age of Criminal Responsibility to be Raised to 12 in Scotland

A Holyrood committee of MSPs has backed a bill, published in March this year, to raise the age of criminal responsibility in Scotland from eight years old to 12. Scotland's age of criminal responsibility is two years younger than the rest of the UK and Europe.

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