And the announcement of further investment by the Scottish Government comes as figures are revealed showing a national 11 per cent increase in sex crimes in 2014-15.
The financing, £1.85million across the country, represents a near doubling of funding for the 14 national rape crisis centres between 2016 and 2018.
Rape Crisis Scotland national coordinator Sandy Brindley said: “This funding will enable every rape crisis centre across the country to employ a dedicated support and advocacy worker who will provide much needed support and assistance.”
Cabinet Secretary for Justice Michael Matheson announced the funding during a visit to the Edinburgh Women’s Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre this week.
He said: “We are absolutely committed to tackling domestic abuse and sexual offending in Scotland and this £1.85 million funding will help provide important additional support for victims of these terrible crimes.
“The number of sexual crimes reported to police rose by 11 per cent last year, with nearly half of that rise linked to an increase in reporting of historic crimes. We are strengthening the law, creating a hostile environment for potential abusers and our next major step will be the Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm Bill, providing extra powers against those who commit domestic abuse, harassment and sexual offences, and creating a new offence criminalising the appalling offence known as revenge porn.”