Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has demanded the government take urgent action on public safety after new statistics published in the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey revealed that more than 1 in 4 females between the ages of 16 and 25 had experienced at least one incident of stalking or harassment in the last 12 months and more than 11% of adults had experienced a similar incident.
Liam McArthur said:
“The number of young women experiencing stalking or other forms of harassment is frighteningly high.
“Every person should feel confident they can walk down the street or safely have an online profile. Stalking and harassment are disturbing crimes that can have consequences on their victims for years to come and jeopardise people’s mental health.
“If 1 in 4 young women have been victims in the last year alone it is clear more needs to be done to protect people. The Justice Secretary must urgently set out how he intends to address this serious issue of public safety.”