We are pleased to announce that we will be appointing a specialist solicitor for cases of sexual harassment and abuse in employment, further education or other settings, including online spaces. This post is made possible by the Justice and Equality Fund (JEF) from Rosa, a charitable fund for initiatives that support women and girls in the UK.
The JEF was directly inspired by the #MeToo and Time’s Up global initiatives and aims to ensure that anyone who has been subjected to harassment and abuse is better able to access support and justice. As several recent high-profile cases of sexual harassment in Scotland have highlighted, and from what we hear from women accessing our services, awareness of how to deal with sexual harassment cases in Scotland remains low.
Through this funding, we aim to increase the availability of specialist legal support in the area of sexual harassment and abuse through helpline services, outreach, and direct legal representation. We also aim to strategically influence and embed this work in a larger policy context to fight sexual harassment, as well as to raise awareness of how this issue affects women in employment, education, and other institutions.
Watch this space for further announcements regarding our specialised sexual harassment solicitor!