24th Oct 2017

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SNP MP says lessons about consent and domestic abuse should begin at age four

Teachers should tell children as young as four about domestic violence and consent, an MP claims. The SNP‘s Gavin Newlands says Scotland should “show the rest of the world what can be done” to drive down crimes against women. The Paisley and Renfrewshire North MP, who is an ambassador for the UK arm of the international White Ribbon anti-male-violence campaign, wants the Scottish Government to include the issue in the national curriculum.



Victims of crime are so often forgotten by Scotland’s justice system these days

Victims of crime are so often forgotten by Scotland’s justice system. So it’s a relief to see someone from the judiciary speaking up for those who are wronged.  Sheriff Lindsay Foulis put thief Abbey Miller in her place — admirably — after her lawyer moaned on her behalf. The brief complained about a spell on remand being “hard going” on his client — as if this should come as a surprise.


Retired US police chief Gerrit Gillespie gives special gift to Glasgow cops

A retired US cop has given officers in Glasgow his police badge during a visit to Scotland. Chief Gerrit Gillespie gifted cops in the city’s South East area with a badge from his force. The former policeman worked at the Collinsville Police Department in Illinois. The sub-division, which covers the Gorbals, Cathcart and surrounding areas, shared an image of the badge and thanked the chief for the gift on the social media website Twitter. Collinsville Police Department responded and said: “Look at that! We are making friends across the globe. That makes us smile.”


How Canada is following Scotland’s success story in tackling domestic violence

Scotland’s success in cutting violent crime has inspired a drive in Canada to divert a tenth of policing budgets to prevention. Campaigners are using what they call the ‘Glasgow case’ – a halving of serious violence in just three years – as an example of what can be achieved by not trying to “arrest your way way out of a problem”. The Canadian Municipal Network on Crime Prevention is hoping cities – which fund most law enforcement in their country – will adapt schemes pioneered in Glasgow and then the rest of Scotland by the Violence Reduction Unit or VRU.


A quarter of Scots pupils report ‘hatred’ at football matches 

More than a quarter of Scottish school pupils say they have witnessed offensive behaviour at a football match. The Scottish Parliament’s justice committee polled more than 1,400 young people at around 50 secondary schools and found 28 per cent have either experienced or seen examples of “hatred” based on a person’s religion, race, disability or sexuality. Nearly two-thirds of those taking part in the survey said they had seen similar behaviour online. MSPs are currently hearing evidence on the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications Act amid an attempt by Labour MSP James Kelly to have the controversial legislation repealed.


http://www.scotsman.com/news/opinion/leader-comment-football-exposes-children-to-hate-1-4594583  – Opinion

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