8th July 2021
The Scottish Sentencing Council has published in-depth research into public perceptions of sentencing for sexual offences. The research was conducted independently on the Council’s behalf by ScotCen Social Research. It examined in-depth public perceptions of sentencing of sexual offences in Scotland, including the perceptions of victims of sexual offences.
In total, 26 people took part. Four focus groups with members of the general public, five interviews with survivors of sexual offences, and one interview with a victim support worker were conducted. Discussion guides explored participant awareness of the circumstances covered by the offences, their knowledge and views of current sentencing offences, their knowledge and views of what factors are taken into account when sentencing and their perceived purpose of sentencing.
The report is available on the Scottish Sentencing Council website here.
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