Historical Sexual Offences Act Comes into Effect
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Historical Sexual Offences Act Comes into Effect

Today the Scottish Government launched the process for applying to have historical sexual convictions disregarded.

Sophie Bridger, Campaigns Policy and Reserch Manager for Stonewall Scotland said:

“The new disregards process is a positive step in righting historical wrongs that punished people in same-sex relationships. Along with the hurt and damage that came with being prosecuted for who they loved, some people have been carrying a criminal record for something which should never have been illegal. They will now finally have the chance to delete these former offences from their criminal record. We hope this will bring comfort and closure to those affected and draw a line once and for all under this dark piece of Scotland’s history.”

Further information on how applications should be made can be found on the MyGov.scot website.