Update: Petition on accurately recording the sex of people charged or convicted of rape or attempted rape

Today the Citizen Participation and Public Petitions Committee considered our petition for a second time. We are pleased that the Committee has decided to keep the petition open and welcome the next steps agreed by members. These include seeking further…

Police Scotland policy on recording rape: how did it evolve and where does responsibility lie?

In recent weeks Police Scotland’s policy on recording the identity of those charged with the crime of rape has received considerable media attention. As revealed in a bluntly worded Freedom of Information (FOI) response we received in April last year,…

MBM response to the Citizen Participation and Public Petitions Committee decision on Petition 1876

We are pleased at the Committee’s decision to continue to work on the petition and gather further evidence. The petition raises substantive questions about the accuracy and reliability of criminal justice statistics, particularly in relation to serious sexual offending. It…