“I have pressed both the Justice Secretary and the First Minister for some time over the plight of women in the Northern Isles who are forced to travel to Aberdeen for examination so this announcement is a step in the right direction and I am very supportive of the Justice Minister responding to a clear need and making this happen.
“Linda Gray and her team at Rape Crisis Shetland have warned that the prospect of travelling to the mainland prevents survivors from coming forward and getting the justice they deserve. They deserve enormous credit for making the case for this health service training. Without their persuasive advocacy that recognised the circumstances that rape survivors in Shetland faced, little would have changed.
“Now we need to see the introduction of new national forensic standards which recognise island circumstances. It is essential that we ensure that survivors of sexual violence are supported without the need for a traumatic trip to the mainland. Instead they would be seen by a GP here in Shetland. That is the right thing to happen.”