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Scottish Greens propose enshrining the right to anonymity for victims of sexual offences into law

THE Scottish Greens are proposing to enshrine the right to anonymity for victims of sexual offences in law.

Unlike in English law, whereby such victims are granted lifelong anonymity, currently, publishers enter into a voluntary agreement not to name the victims of sexual offences.

Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie has committed his party to placing such a provision on the statute book, along with a commitment to provide legal aid to the victims of domestic violence.

Women and children who experience domestic abuse are not currently eligible for legal aid, the party said.

Mr Harvie said: “We don’t believe the current set-up, where publishers adhere to a voluntary code, is suitable for the digital age.

“Far too many women and children experiencing domestic abuse in Scotland lack access to justice because they are not eligible for civil legal aid.

“This needs to change so that women who experience violence at home can get the legal help they need when they need it.”


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