However, even after these discriminatory laws were amended, the law on sexual offences in Scotland was still a mess. In 2008, the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill was introduced into the Scottish Parliament, with the aim of making sexual offences law equal, up-to-date, and non-discriminatory. The Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill received Royal Assent on 14th July 2009 and will become law later this year. This means that the law in Scotland has been ‘tidied up’ and sexual offences law is now far more equal than it has been in the past. Now, under the new law:
The Act has also introduced and cleared up a number of other elements of sexual offences law, which will hopefully lead to increased conviction rates for rape and other sexual offences in Scotland – the latest figures show that only 3.7% of rape cases in Scotland lead to a conviction.
More information about the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill can be found here.