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15 August 2013
Our Survey Finds 1 in 4 Young People Victim Blame

White Ribbon Scotland's survey finds worrying attitudes towards violence against women still prevalent in Scotland.

White Ribbon Scotland conducted a Scotland wide survey to provide a snapshot analysis of men's and women's attitudes to violence against women.

We asked respondents how far they agreed with common statement made about violence and abuse. Key findings included:

  • 1 in 6 believe that rape occurs because men are unable to control their need for sex
  • 1 in 3 believe it is a woman’s responsibility to leave an abusive relationship
  • 1 in 4 young people (16-24 years) believe that a woman is partly responsible for being raped if she is drunk or dressed provocatively
  • 3 in 4 believe that alcohol or drugs cause men to be violent to their partners
  • 4 in 5 believe that the purchase of sex or sexual images create harmful attitudes towards women
  • 79% believe the expectation of masculinity is to be physically strong and 71% believe the expectation is to be in control

Callum Hendry, Campaign Coordinator said:


The report makes a range of recommendations which can start to change these negative attitudes which can be detrimental for women coming forward for support and detrimental to the way men are expected to behave.

Recommendations include ongoing education and prevention work with young people, supporting parents to have conversations with young people about consent and respect, national public awareness campaigns and fuller, detailed research into attitude changes over time.


You can read the full report here




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In Scotland in 2011 -12 there were over 7000 cases of rape to the police.

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