MSP wants national guidance for how universities deal with sexual assault cases

By Lucy Ashton

Local List MSP Pam Gosal told the Scottish Parliament on Thursday that something must be done about guidelines for the way universities handle sexual assault cases.

She told First Minister Nicola Sturgeon: “I have been raising the case of Ellie Wilson, who was a victim of rape while she was studying at the University of Glasgow.

“Ellie survived that ordeal but was shocked to discover that the perpetrator had been allowed to transfer to another university, despite being under investigation for rape at the time.

“It has since been discovered that there is no guidance. Will the First Minister agree to sort that out urgently, so that no other victim has to suffer such an ordeal?”

Conservative MSP Pam Gosal and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

The First Minister replied that she was aware of the case “and its extremely serious implications”.

She added: “We take that seriously and will consider what further action the Government needs to take to address some of the issues that are raised.

“Emily-test is an important initiative that the Government worked on with universities and which it encourages universities to take very seriously

“However, it is clear that serious issues that we need to reflect further on are raised by the case in question, and I give the assurance that the Government will do that.”

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