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Question reference: S6O-03181

  • Asked by: Pauline McNeill, MSP for Glasgow, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: 28 February 2024
  • Current status: Answered by Siobhian Brown on 7 March 2024


To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to stop image-based abuse of girls.


A wide range of criminal laws relate to image-based sexual abuse, including legislation concerning indecent images of children and the offence of coercing a person to view a sexual image. It is also a criminal offence to share intimate images without consent.

In schools, pupils also learn how to conduct online relationships safely and to understand the risks and consequences of sharing intimate images. Our Gender Based Violence in School Guidance published this week, makes clear that this includes the non-consensual sharing of sexual images and the threat of it.

In addition we fund Education Scotland to coordinate the Mentors in Violence Prevention programme, focussed on challenging attitudes underpinning gender-based violence, and support schools to access Rape Crisis Scotland’s National Sexual Violence Prevention programme.