Anti-rape campaign asks ‘Who Are You?’

Chief Inspector Graham Goulden leads the training.
Chief Inspector Graham Goulden leads the training.

Representatives from various organisations gathered at Motherwell Civic Centre to mark the launch of a national rape prevention campaign.

Officers from Police Scotland’s Safer Communities and Violence Reduction departments delivered ‘Who Are You?’ training.

Representatives from key organisations such as North Lanarkshire Community Learning and Development, NHS Lanarkshire and Addiewell Prison were in attendance, along with social work and diversity officers from North and South Lanarkshire councils.

The police-led initiative challenges behaviours and attitudes towards consent and rape. It encourages bystanders to play a role in prevention, with licensed premise staff, for example, a key audience.

The training also included items on recognising when an intervention could be staged to prevent someone becoming a victim of sexual assault.

Chief Inspector Graham Goulden, of the national Violence Reduction Unit, said: “It’s great to see Police Scotland taking this training forward.

“Those who attended will have the skills to be able to deliver a short input to anyone working in the night time economy.”

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Livingston, of Lanarkshire CID, added: “The number of sexual crimes reported to Lanarkshire Division has increased and I believe this is because victims are more confident to report such a crime.

“We work very closely with a number of partner agencies including Rape Crisis and Women’s Aid to ensure victims are provided with the best support available to them.

“We have a team of specialist officers to deal with sexual crime, however, we want to prevent that type of crime happening in the first place.”