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By Dr Katy Proctor
It is perhaps because stalking is a phenomenon commonly linked with celebrities that we don’t recognise it when it happens to those around us. There are plenty of examples of high profile individuals who have been stalked by delusional people pursuing an imagined relationship. Often these cases are also associated with violence, sexual assault and even murder.
The Scottish Women’s Rights Centre (SWRC) today launched FollowIt App, a mobile app designed to help women in Scotland record stalking incidents and assist them if they want to report this crime to the police.
The app was developed by SWRC in partnership with media co-op as a response to the challenges many women face in trying to demonstrate the pattern of behaviour they experience.
Starting this November, the Scottish Women’s Rights Centre (SWRC) has launched two monthly legal surgeries for women living in the North of Scotland who have experienced abuse or violence.
The surgeries are located in Dundee and Inverness at local Women’s Aids groups and they are available by appointment once a month on a Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively.
In recent months we have seen more women coming forward about their experience of sexual harassment, and university and college students and staff haven’t been the exception.
Only this summer, Channel 4 uncovered the increase in reports of sexual harassment in UK universities. And earlier this year, a survey by Brook (a sexual health and wellbeing charity) found that almost half of the female university students they interviewed had experienced inappropriate touching.
So, what can you do if you or someone you know has been sexually harassed at college or university? We have compiled a short list of useful things to know about sexual harassment and steps you can take.
The Scottish Women’s Rights Centre (SWRC) have today (Tuesday 29th October) launched an advocacy support helpline for women survivors of gender based violence living in Scotland.
Monday 2 - 5 pm
Tuesday 6 - 8 pm
Wednesday 11 am - 2 pm
Friday 10 am - 1 pm
Tuesday 11 am - 2 pm
Thursday 5 - 8 pm