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Summary

  1. SCROLL DOWN FOR LIVE COVERAGE
  2. The Justice Committee will take evidence on legislation that aims to tackle revenge porn and strengthen police powers to tackle domestic abuse
  3. Topical questions features a question on the abolition of the GIRFEC Programme Board and a questions about how many farmers will not receive the 70% emergency CAP payment
  4. MSPs will participate in a debate marking 16 days of activism against violence against women
  5. The member's debate is entitled 'world Toilet Day 2015, We Can't Wait', highlighting the importance of sanitation around the world

Live Reporting

By Craig Hutchison

All times stated are UK

  1. Outstanding 'awareness raising campaign' - Grace Warnock

    The minister praises the Changing Places Consortium and says there is more that needs to be done.

    Mr Hepburn adds his congratulations to Grace Warnock for her "outstanding awareness raising campaign".

    Iain Gray and Grace Warnock
    Image caption: Iain Gray and Grace Warnock

    He says she has reminded us that some conditions are not visible and people with them need to use disabled toilets. 

    The SNP MSP says he will look at how the Scottish government can improve signage on disabled toilets and he will keep Grace Warnock updated on any progress. 

  2. Lack of sanitation around the world a 'global shame' - minister

    Health Improvement Minister Jamie Hepburn says this is an important issue and World Toilet Day highlights a "global shame" with the number of people in the world with no access to safe water and adequate sanitation.

    Health Improvement Minister
    Image caption: Health Improvement Minister

    Charity Water Aid tells us one in three people around the world still don't have access to a safe and private toilet. 

    The charity used comedy to help the nation overcome their embarrassment and take action to provide everyone everywhere with toilets by 2030, on World Toilet Day 2015 last Thursday

  3. More praise for Grace

    Labour MSP Hanzala Malik joins in the praise of Grace Warnock for her campaign on behalf of those in need. 

    Mr Malik says he wishes her all the success and he hopes the minister will back the campaign.

  4. World Toilet Day 2015

    Conservative MSP Jamie McGrigor says the title of the debate 'World Toilet Day 2015, We Can't Wait' debate is meant to be funny but having read the motion and now participating in the debate he understands it underlies a serious issue. 

  5. Praise for the Changing Places Consortium

    Labour MSP Jenny Marra praises the "assidious campaigning" of Grace Warnock and also praises the efforts of the Changing Places organisation. 

    Labour MSP Jenny Marra
    Image caption: Labour MSP Jenny Marra

    Who are the Changing Places Consortium?

    The Changing Places Consortium is a group of organisations working to support the rights of people with profound and multiple learning disabilities and/or other physical disabilities. Established in 2005, the Consortium campaigns for Changing Places to be installed in all big public spaces so people can access their community. 

    The members of the Consortium are:

  6. SNP MSP offers help to Grace's Sign Campaign

    SNP MSP Mark MacDonald praised the Grace's Sign Campaign, as his own son who has autism needs to use disabled toilets and is sometimes met with raised eyebrows on leaving one.

    SNP MSP Mark MacDonald
    Image caption: SNP MSP Mark MacDonald

    Mr MacDonald lends his support to the campaign. 

    He also calls on more places to adopt a Changing Places Toilet.

    Changing Places
    Image caption: Changing Places
  7. Call to adopt Grace's sign

    Mr Gray calls on the minister to adopt Grace's sign and make sure it brings dignity across Scotland.

  8. Congratulations to Grace Warnock

    Mr Gray pays tribute to Grace Warnock, a 10-year-old Prestonpans Primary School pupil, who he says has Crohn's disease and has launched a hugely impressive campaign: Grace's Sign campaign.

    Labour MSP Iain Gray and Grace Warnock
    Image caption: Labour MSP Iain Gray and Grace Warnock

    The East Lothian MSP congratulates Grace on her campaign to secure better door signs for accessible toilets in Scotland to raise awareness that they are not only for wheelchair users.

    He says Grace has already made considerable progress with her campaign, including coming up with her own new design for door signs to show that they are also for people who are not visibly disabled. 

  9. 2,000 children die each day from diarrhoea caused by unsafe water

    Mr Gray says in 45 countries fewer than half the population have access to adequate sanitation and that 2,000 children die each day from diarrhoea caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation. 

    This year's themes for World Toilet Day are Equality, Dignity and the Link Between Gender-Based Violence and Sanitation. 

    The campaign aims to highlight the threat of sexual violence that women and girls face due to loss of privacy and the inadequacy of toilet facilities to manage menstrual hygiene. 

    It also highlights inequalities in usability for disabled and older people.  

  10. World Toilet Day 2015 debate

    Labour MSP Iain Gray leads a member's debate entitled 'World Toilet Day 2015, We Can't Wait'. 

    Labour MSP Iain Gray
    Image caption: Labour MSP Iain Gray

    Mr Gray uses his motion to welcome World Toilet Day 2015, which aims to raise awareness of the need for proper sanitation and toilets and their importance to health, dignity, security and social and economic development across the world. 

    The East Lothian MSP highlights, with deep dismay, reports that 2.5 bn people do not have access to proper sanitation or toilets.

  11. Unanimous decision time after consensual debate on violence against women

    MSPs unanimously back the motion and amendment from the debate calling for an end to violence against women. 

  12. Violence against women is unacceptable, there are no justifications, it's just unacceptable.

    Mr Biagi says violence against women is unacceptable, there are no justifications, it's just unacceptable. 

    The minister concludes saying the debate closes as 16 days of activity begins to end violence against women and girls

    The minister says any violence against women or girls is 'just unacceptable'
    Image caption: The minister says any violence against women or girls is 'just unacceptable'

    He ends praising Scottish Women's Aid and Rape Crisis Scotland and the many others making a real difference, such as Zero Tolerance and Engender, Close the Gap and Girl Guiding Scotland. 

  13. 'Proud of the Scottish government's record in tackling violence against women'

    Local Government and Community Empowerment Minister Marco Biagi welcomes the parliament speaking with one voice against violence against women. 

    The minister says men have a critical role in ending domestic violence against women, they must speak out against any violence. 

    Community Empowerment Minister Marco Biagi
    Image caption: Community Empowerment Minister Marco Biagi

    Mr Biagi says there is no place for violence and cruelty which are unacceptable. 

    He says he is proud of the Scottish government's record in tackling violence against women. 

    On funding the minister highlights £11.8m in 2015-16 and a further £20m announced by the first minister in March.   

  14. Violence against women is caused by gender inequality - Labour MSP

    Labour MSP Rhoda Grant says violence against women is caused by gender inequality. 

    Ms Grant says if we want to eliminate violence against women we must eliminate inequality in pay, inequality at home and inequality in every walk of life. 

    Labour MSP Rhoda Grant
    Image caption: Labour MSP Rhoda Grant

    The Labour MSP praises the cup of tea consent campaign which is very powerful.

    A video about sexual consent using the analogy of a cup of tea has been released by a police force as part of an awareness campaign.

    Viewers are shown how "ludicrous" it would be to force someone to drink a cup of tea against their will
    Image caption: Viewers are shown how "ludicrous" it would be to force someone to drink a cup of tea against their will

    Thames Valley Police's "Consent is everything" campaign aims to better educate people about gaining sexual consent.

  15. Tory MSP pleased the focus is moving to prevention of domestic violence

    Scottish Conservative MSP Mary Scanlon welcomes the consensual tone in this debate about ending violence against women and girls. 

    Ms Scanlon says domestic violence costs much more than money, but it does cost £2bn a year in absenteeism, turnover and lost productivity. 

    Conservative MSP Mary Scanlon
    Image caption: Conservative MSP Mary Scanlon

    She says as there are improvements in detecting domestic abuse she is pleased the focus is moving to prevention. 

    The Tory MSP welcomes the introduction of Clare's Law across Scotland. 

    She goes on to point out that domestic violence against men must also be acknowledged. 

  16. Background: Inspirational Mirabel sisters

    Labour MSP Jayne Baxter says many women's rights groups have used the date of 25 November for their campaigns, just as the UN has with its 'Violence Against Women, 16 Days of Activism' campaign. 

    The reason for that, says Ms Baxter is that it was on the 25 November 1960 that the Mirabel sisters were assassination.

    The sisters received recognition by the United Nations General Assembly
    Image caption: The sisters received recognition by the United Nations General Assembly

    All three sisters were natives of the Dominican Republic and were opposed to the dictatorship of Rafael Leonidas Trujillo. 

     In 1999, the sisters received recognition by the United Nations General Assembly, who designated 25 November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women in their honor.

  17. Background: 'Orange the world: End violence against women and girls.'

    This year, the United Nations Secretary-General's Campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women invites you to "Orange the world: End violence against women and girls." 

    UN

    The UN calls on people to join the UNiTE campaign and organize " between 25 November and 10 December 2015.   

  18. There must be real change in the way society treats women and girls

    Labour MSP Graeme Pearson says there must be real change in the way society treats women and girls. 

    "On the upside at least today there is a recognition that violence against women is wrong." 

    Labour MSP Graeme Pearson
    Image caption: Labour MSP Graeme Pearson

    Mr Pearson, one of Scotland's former senior police officers, says however the sheer numbers of domestic abuse incidents reported in Scotland seems to climb year by year to the current figure of 60,000 incidents in a year.  

  19. Background: 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign

    The UN says from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day, the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign is a time to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls around the world. 

    Women with hands defending
  20. Analysis: Clare's Law

    • Otherwise known as the 'Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme', or Disclosure Scheme for Domestic Abuse Scotland (DSDAD) in Scotland Rolled out in England and Wales last year 
    • Since then, 3,760 applications and more than 1,300 domestic abuse disclosures have been made in England and Wales 
    • The Scottish trial in Aberdeen and Ayrshire saw 59 cases being considered, with 22 people so far being informed about their partner's violent past 30 of those cases were in Aberdeen, with 8 disclosures being made  
    Nicola Sturgeon with Michael Brown, the father of Clare Wood
    Image caption: Nicola Sturgeon with Michael Brown, the father of Clare Wood
  21. Clare's Law: How to use it

    Any person can make an application about their partner if they are concerned they may harm them; and any concerned third party can also make an application. 

    However, a third party person making an application would not ordinarily receive information about the partner.

    Clare Wood did not know that George Appleton had a long history of violence against women
    Image caption: Clare Wood did not know that George Appleton had a long history of violence against women

    Information will only be given to someone who is in a position to use it to protect the person at risk. 

    Contact the police: You can do this online, in person either at a police station or on the street, or by phoning 101. Initial contact with the police: At this stage you will need to provide basic details about yourself, and what prompted your enquiry. 

    For more information click here

  22. Praise for chief constable for putting domestic violence at the top of the agenda

    Justice Committee convener Christine Grahame praises chief constable Sir Stephen House for putting domestic violence at the top of Police Scotland's agenda. 

    SNP MSP Christine Garhame
    Image caption: SNP MSP Christine Garhame

    The SNP MSP says legislation is not the cure all just part of the prescription, with education a huge part of what must be done. 

    Ms Grahame says the legislation we have now is not working and more must be done.

  23. Early intervention essential to change behaviour

    Lib Dem MSP Alison McInnes says discrimination is a behaviour that is learned and often, sadly, encouraged. 

    Ms McInnes praises Equally Safe for its efforts to intervene early when boys and girls are young. 

    Lib Dem Alison McInne
    Image caption: Lib Dem Alison McInne

    She says it the focus is moved from the perpetrator to the victim where violence against women is concerned.

    It is shameful that anyone believes domestic violence is caused by the victim she says.

  24. 'Let's reaffirm our support for women, the rights of girls and the rights of all humanity'

    Labour MSP Margaret McCulloch says: "Today let's reaffirm our support for women, the rights of girls and the rights of all humanity." 

    Ms McCulloch says one in three women world wide have experienced violence or sexual violence. 

    Labour MSP Margaret McCulloch
    Image caption: Labour MSP Margaret McCulloch

    The Labour MSP says there is still some way to go and violence must be challenged as well as the prejudices that fuel it. 

    She goes on to speak out passionately against female genital mutilation and says the topic will be reexamined by the Equal Opportunities Committee soon. 

  25. Profile: Malala Yousafzi - Nobel Peace Prize winner

    SNP MSP Christina McKelvie highlights the outstanding campaigning of Malala Yousafzi,.

    It has only been six years since Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai wrote an anonymous diary about life under Taliban rule in north-west Pakistan.

    Since then she has been shot in the head by the militants, and has become the youngest person ever to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

    Malala Yousafzi
    Image caption: Malala Yousafzi

    Accepting the award in Oslo on 10 December 2014, she said she was "humbled" and proud to be the first Pashtun and the first Pakistani to win the prize. She also joked that she was probably the first winner who still fought with her younger brothers.

    Malala Yousafzai first came to public attention through that heartfelt diary, published on BBC Urdu, which chronicled her desire to remain in education and for girls to have the chance to be educated.

    When she was shot in the head in October 2012 by a Taliban gunman, she was already well known in Pakistan, but that one shocking act catapulted her to international fame.

  26. 'Zero Tolerance is being let down in some cases by zero sentencing'

    Ms Milne concluded saying Zero Tolerance is being let down in some cases by zero sentencing and this must be addressed. 

  27. Background: Clare's Law extended to whole of Scotland

    A trial scheme which allows people to be told if their partner has been violent in the past has been extended across Scotland

    The six-month trial in Aberdeen and Ayrshire saw 22 people warned their partners had history of domestic abuse. 

    Disclosures can be triggered by victims, friends, relatives, social workers or police officers. 

    The disclosure scheme, known as Clare's Law, will be rolled out across the country later this year. 

    Clare Wood
    Image caption: Clare's law was named after Clare Wood who was killed by an ex-partner.

    It was named after Clare Wood, who was strangled and set on fire by George Appleton, her violent and obsessive former boyfriend, in Salford, Greater Manchester, in 2009. 

    Appleton had a history of violence and harassment against women which Ms Wood did not know about. 

    Her father, Michael Brown, has campaigned for people to have the right to ask for information about partners, and for the police and other agencies to have the power to take the initiative and tell someone if there are grounds for concern. 

  28. Tory MSP praises the introduction of Claire's Law

    Ms Milne says Police Scotland has introduced a number of schemes to address violence against women and she praises Claire's law. 

  29. Consensual debate backing measures against violence against women

    Nanette Milne says the Conservatives will be backing both the Labour amendment and the Scottish government's motion, in what she expects will be a consensual debate.

    Conservative MSP Nanette Milne
    Image caption: Conservative MSP Nanette Milne

    The Tory MSP says girls and young women need to know what behaviour is unacceptable and education is key.   

  30. 'Gender based violence is a serious issue and we do all need to take it seriously'

    The Labour MSP concludes saying "gender based violence is a serious issue and we do all need to take it seriously". 

  31. Sex education in schools needs to be updated

    Ms Murray says sex education in schools needs to be updated to deal with pornography on the internet and material on social media. 

    Ms Murray says sex education in schools needs to be updated
    Image caption: Ms Murray says sex education in schools needs to be updated

    She says these aspects of sex education should be mandatory, although she concedes that is not yet Labour party policy.  

  32. Misuse of intimate pictures must be addressed

    Ms Murray welcomes measures of the Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm (Scotland) Bill. 

    She details the disgusting practice of "upskirting and down blousing" where intimate pictures are taken without permission and sometimes knowledge and then posted online and says this must be addressed.  

  33. Welcome passing of the Human Trafficking Bill

    Ms Murray says the passing of the Human Trafficking Bill last year was welcomed last year.

    The Labour MSP says harmful sexualised material should not be displayed where children can see it. 

     She says she hopes local authorities will hopefully set the limit of lap dancing bars in their area at zero. 

  34. Labour stress cross-party support for Equally Safe

    Labour MSP Elaine Murray uses her amendment the cross-party support for Equally Safe, Scotland's strategy on preventing and eradicating all forms of violence against women and girls. 

    Scottish Labour MSP Elaine Murray
    Image caption: Scottish Labour MSP Elaine Murray

     Ms Murray praises the inaugural meeting of the Equally Safe Joint Strategic Board, co-chaired by the Scottish Government and COSLA, on 11 November and the need for continued strategic funding for projects and organisations and for further legislation to tackle all forms of gender-based violence in Scotland.    

  35. Domestic abuse is 'inexcusable, entirely unacceptable and can never be justified'

    The minister concludes saying domestic abuse is "inexcusable, entirely unacceptable and can never be justified".

    It must be eradicated Ms Burgess says. 

  36. 'Retain a relentless focus on the issue of domestic violence'

    Ms Burgess says the government is updating Equally Safe.

    The minister says this shows this is a living document and allows the government to retain a relentless focus on the issue of domestic violence. 

  37. Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm Bill

    Ms Burgess highlights the Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm Bill which aims to tackle the rise of so-called "revenge porn".

    • The new law will make it a criminal offence to publish explicit images of someone without their consent. 
    • It will also strengthen police powers to tackle domestic abuse. 
    • The government said its measures reflected the way modern technology could be used to perpetrate abuse. 
    • The bill also includes measures to improve justice for victims of domestic abuse, with juries to be given specific directions to ensure they understand the complexity of the law.
  38. Men are disproportionately the perpetrators of this violence

    It is not just women and girls that are disproportionately victims but also men who are disproportionately the perpetrators of this violence, to men's shame, intervenes SNP MSP Stewart Stevenson. 

     He says the behaviour of men must be addressed and Ms Burgess agrees.  

    SNP MSP Stewart Stevenson makes an intervention
    Image caption: SNP MSP Stewart Stevenson makes an intervention
  39. Prevent and eradicate all forms of violence against women and girls

    Ms Burgess says she warmly welcomes the cross-party support for the Equally Safe strategy and that is why she will accept Labour's amendment today. 

     She wants to prevent and eradicate all forms of violence against women and girls.

  40. Women and girls must live free from all forms of violence and abuse

    The housing and welfare minister welcomes the inaugural meeting of the Equally Safe Joint Strategic Board, co-chaired by the Scottish Government and COSLA, on 11 November. 

    Ms Burgess highlights the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, and the agreement of the new Sustainable Development Goals, as women and girls across the world continue to experience violence and abuse. 

    Housing Minister Margaret Burgess
    Image caption: Housing Minister Margaret Burgess

    She calls on everyone in Scotland to play their part in creating a strong and flourishing country where all individuals are equally safe and respected, and where women and girls live free from all forms of violence and abuse and the attitudes that help perpetuate it.   

  41. End violence against women: Equally Safe strategy

    Housing and Welfare Reform Minister Margaret Burgess uses her motion to welcome the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November 2015.

    This marks the start of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence. 

    Fist in the foreground and a woman in the background

    Ms Burgess commends the ongoing contribution of people and organisations across Scotland and the wider world toward raising awareness and changing the outdated attitudes that still persist in society in relation to gender-based violence. 

    The minister says there is continuing progress to take forward Equally Safe, Scotland's strategy on preventing and eradicating all forms of violence against women and girls.

  42. Violence Against Women, 16 Days of Activism debate begins

    The Scottish government leads a debate entitled 'Violence Against Women, 16 Days of Activism'. 

    Woman in distress
  43. 'Anger and dismay' among farmers and a call for an apology - Tory MSP

    Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead says the first trance of payments will be paid to a quarter of families before the end of the year with the rest paid next year. 

    Mr Fraser says there is "anger and dismay" among farmers about the delay in payments and he calls for the minister to make an apology. 

    Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead
    Image caption: Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead

    Mr Lochhead says the vast number of farmers he has spoken to are understanding of the situation. 

    The minister says there is £500m of support to underpin agriculture whereas if the Conservative's had their way there would be no payments to farmers as the Tory party wanted to get rid of Pillar 1.

  44. Background: EU support payments to farmers

    In October we reported pressure was mounting on the Scottish government to confirm when EU support payments would be delivered to farmers

    NFU Scotland urged a Scottish parliamentary committee to hold an extraordinary session on the issue. 

    The union said it did not believe payouts under the new basic payment scheme would be delivered in the normal December window. 

    Farmer

    The Scottish government said it continued "to work flat out" towards starting payments by the end of 2015. 

    The basic payment scheme is the main EU subsidy available to farmers in Scotland, and is allocated by the Scottish government following Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reforms.

  45. EU support payments to farmers question

    Conservative MSP Murdo Fraser asks how many farmers will not receive the 70% emergency common agricultural policy payment in December. 

  46. Focusing on GIRFEC implementation - minister

    Conservative MSP Liz Smith says now the board is not in existence the public do not know what is going on with GIRFEC.

    Ms Campbell says the programme board had fulfilled its function and the government is focusing on the implementation of GIRFEC.

  47. GIRFEC Programme Board's work was done - minister

    Children and Young People Minister Aileen Campbell says in order to develop the GIRFEC strategy the board was put in place to help shape the policy.

    Mr McArthur asks if it is acceptable to wind up the board without coming to the Scottish Parliament.

    Ms Campbell says she programme board's work was done.

    Children and Young People Minister Aileen Campbell
    Image caption: Children and Young People Minister Aileen Campbell
  48. Topical questions

    Lib Dem MSP Liam McArthur asks the Scottish government for what reason it has abolished the Getting it Right for Every Child Programme Board. 

  49. Time for reflection

    Ms Ivy Blair from Prospects is giving today's time for reflection. 

    Time for reflection
  50. Coming up in the chamber this afternoon

    Topical questions features a question on the abolition of the Getting it Right for Every Child Programme Board and a questions about how many farmers will not receive the 70% emergency CAP in December.

    The Scottish government will lead a debate marking 16 days of activism against violence against women.

    Woman

    Labour MSP Iain Gray will then Lead a debate on ‘World Toilet Day 2015, We Can’t Wait’ which aims to raise awareness of the need for proper sanitation and toilets across the world.

    He will also praise an amazing 10 year old from Prestonpans who is campaigning for signs on disabled toilets to indicate some people have disabilities that cannot be seen.

  51. Holyrood Live returns with topical questions from 2pm.

    I'll be back with coverage of time for reflection and then topical questions from just before 2pm.

    Farmer
    Image caption: Farmer

    Today's topical questions features a question on the abolition of the Getting it Right for Every Child Programme Board and a questions about how many farmers will not receive the 70% emergency CAP in December.  

  52. That concludes the evidence sessions on the Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm Bill

    That concludes the evidence sessions on the Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm Bill.

  53. Look much wider than just images in coercive or controlling behaviour

    Children and Young People's Commissioner Scotland Tam Baillie says yes this legislation should be about images in relation to "revenge porn", but says we need to look much wider as this is about coercive and controlling behaviour. 

    Tam Baillie
    Image caption: Tam Baillie

    Mr Baillie says it is quite challenging as the technology moves at such a pace, he thinks that is inevitable that there will have to be some kind of a catchall. 

    He says the responsibility of social media hosts should be looked at too.

  54. Evidence exists that families with an abused child do move around

    Labour MSP Margaret McDougall asks if there is any evidence that those that seek to abuse children move around the UK a lot. 

    Mr Baillie says the answer is yes, there is evidence that a family who has an abused child often move quite deliberately.  

  55. No concerns over judicial directions - Tam Baillie

    Children and Young People's Commissioner Scotland Tam Baillie says he does not have any concerns about the use of judicial directions to help juries understand the complexity of the law.

  56. Only 20 sexual harm orders issued

    Children and Young People's Commissioner Scotland Tam Baillie says sexual risk orders replace sexual harm orders, which only affected a very narrow band of people, with only 20 issued.  

  57. Sexual risk orders and human rights

    Lib Dem MSP Elaine Murray raises the issue of sexual risk orders and asks about their impact on human rights. 

    Eleanor Deeming from the Scottish Human Rights Commission says there could be a tighter definition in the bill to address this issue. 

  58. The right balance must be struck on human rights

    Eleanor Deeming from the Scottish Human Rights Commission says the question of the balance between the rights of the victim and the rights of the individual is key.

    Eleanor Deeming from the Scottish Human Rights Commission
    Image caption: Eleanor Deeming from the Scottish Human Rights Commission

    Ms Deeming says the state is not only under a duty to avoid perpetrating human rights violations but it is also duty bound to protect its citizens.  

  59. Not looking for any exemption whatsoever for children and young people - Children's Commissioner

    Children and Young People's Commissioner Scotland Tam Baillie says he is not looking for any exemption whatsoever for children and young people, as the Children Hearing's System will deal with any charges brought against youngsters. 

    Tam Baillie
    Image caption: Tam Baillie

    Mr Baillie says there is not enough mention of sexting in the programme of education and if we are serious we have to be confident the structures that are in place attend to that.   

    He says he welcomes the legislation and the fact it includes children and young people.

  60. Witnesses introduced

    Justice Committee convener Christine Grahame introduces Children and Young People's Commissioner Scotland Tam Baillie and Eleanor Deeming from the Scottish Human Rights Commission.

  61. The second panel of witnesses will now give evidence on the Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm (Scotland) Bill

    MSPs will now hear from Children and Young People's Commissioner Scotland Tam Baillie and Eleanor Deeming from the Scottish Human Rights Commission.

  62. The first witness session comes to an end

    Nicola Merrin from Victim Support Scotland says she would like the uncertainty of where abuse may have occurred to be addressed in the legislation. 

    Ms Merrin says the academic evidence suggests the loophole needs to be addressed.  

  63. People who perpetrate this type of offending will find a way to do it

    Ms Johnson says people who perpetrate this type of offending will find a way to do it, so leaving out texting and audio would be a mistake. 

  64. Every new advance in technology seems to provide a new avenue for abuse

    Sandy Brindley from Rape Crisis Scotland says every new advance in technology seems to provide a new avenue for abuse. 

     Louise Johnson from Scottish Women's Aid says regulations are worth looking at to adapt to new technology.  

  65. Call for the bill to include hosts of social media

    SNP MSP Christian Allard asks if social media operators should take more responsibility.

    Social media
    Image caption: Social media

    Ms Johnson says the bill does not create an offence against the hosts of social media and the bill needs to be strengthened.   

  66. Coercion, bullying and intimate photographs

    Louise Johnson from Scottish Women's Aid says young people can be coerced into allowing themselves to be photographed in an inappropriate way that causes extreme distress and the culture must be changed. 

    Ms Johnson says the Crown Office would have to decide on any prosecutions. 

    Distressed young man

    She says it is important to focus on the harm to the victim in any photograph. 

    Mr Smithers agrees and says bullying is rife in young people and the technology and the photographs can amplify that and that is where the danger of suicide comes in .

  67. Terrible if 'creep shots' are not included as an offence: Scottish Women's Aid

    Sandy Brindley from Rape Crisis Scotland says the legislation must cover the taking of intimate photos of people without their permission. 

    Ms Johnson says these are "creep shots" and used to be called voyeurism, but it would be terrible if this action is not included as an offence.

  68. Don't restrict the 'revenge porn' offence to just photos and film

    Nicola Merrin from Victim Support Scotland says restricting the 'revenge porn' offence to just photos and film is not good, it does not matter what the media is, it is about the harm. 

    Ms Merrin says if an intimate communication is shared without the consent of the individual involved that should be included as an offence, for example the dissemination of sexting texts. 

    Nicola Merrin from Victim Support Scotland
    Image caption: Nicola Merrin from Victim Support Scotland

    She also raises the issue of photoshopped images, which should be included. 

    Ms Johnson agrees and says the offence should include media used to humiliate and abuse victims.  

  69. Need for more support for victims

    Louise Johnson from Scottish Women's Aid says the Victims and Witnesses Scotland Bill has just become an act. 

    Ms Johnson says this needs to be allowed to bed in but there is definitely need for more support for victims. 

  70. Myths about rape and domestic abuse must be dispelled.

    Louise Johnson from Scottish Women's Aid says a coercive control offence will be welcome, but there needs to be education in schools as well. 

    Louise Johnson from Scottish Women's Aid
    Image caption: Louise Johnson from Scottish Women's Aid

    Ms Johnson says there needs to be wider public education about violence against women and that it is a cause and effect of gender inequality. 

    Myths about rape and domestic abuse must be dispelled. 

  71. Domestic abuse is characterised by controlling behaviour

    Nick Smithers Abused Men in Scotland says domestic abuse is characterised by controlling behaviour. 

    Nick Smithers Abused Men in Scotland
    Image caption: Nick Smithers Abused Men in Scotland

    Mr Smithers says there are no programmes for women who are violent and it is difficult for them to get help.    

  72. Expect judicial directions to be used in all rape trials - Rape Crisis Scotland

    Sandy Brindley from Rape Crisis Scotland says juries may have assumptions about the way they think people should come across if they have been the victim of rape.   

    Sandy Brindley from Rape Crisis Scotland
    Image caption: Sandy Brindley from Rape Crisis Scotland

       Ms Brindley says she would expect these judicial directions to be used in all rape trials.   

  73. Witnesses back introduction of directions to juries in sexual offence cases

    Sandy Brindley from Rape Crisis Scotland says her organisation welcomes the proposal in the bill to introduce directions to be given to juries in sexual offence cases. 

    Witnesses
    Image caption: Witnesses

    Victim Support Scotland also support the proposals, says Nicola Merrin, at which point Louise Johnson from Scottish Women's Aid concurs. 

    Mr Smithers from Abused Men in Scotland also backs the proposal.

  74. The Justice Committee begins

    Justice Committee convener Christine Grahame introduces the first panel of witnesses. 

    Ms Grahame introduces Nick Smithers Abused Men in Scotland; Sandy Brindley from Rape Crisis Scotland; Louise Johnson fromScottish Women's Aid and Nicola Merrin from Victim Support Scotland.

  75. Background: Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm Bill

    The legislation will tackle the rise of so-called "revenge porn" and make it a criminal offence to publish explicit images of someone without their consent. 

    The Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm Bill will also strengthen police powers to tackle domestic abuse. 

    Revenge Porn on a mobile

    Revenge porn often involves someone posting, or threatening to post, intimate photographs or video of a former partner online. 

    The government said its measures reflected the way modern technology could be used to perpetrate abuse. 

    The bill also includes measures to improve justice for victims of domestic abuse, with juries to be given specific directions to ensure they understand the complexity of the law.

  76. Purpose of the legislation

    The Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm (Scotland) Bill's overarching objective is to improve how the justice system responds to abusive behaviour, including domestic abuse and sexual harm, which will help to improve public safety by ensuring that perpetrators are appropriately held to account for their conduct.

  77. Justice Committee

    The Justice Committee will take evidence on the Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm (Scotland) Bill

    MSPs will take evidence from Nick Smithers Abused Men in Scotland; Sandy Brindley from Rape Crisis Scotland; Louise Johnson from Scottish Women's Aid and Nicola Merrin from Victim Support Scotland

    Women comforting each other

    The committee will then hear from Children and Young People's Commissioner Scotland Tam Baillie and Eleanor Deeming from the Scottish Human Rights Commission.  

  78. Coming up today........

    The Justice Committee will take evidence on the Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm (Scotland) Bill from among others Rape Crisis Scotland, Scottish Women's Aid and Children and Young People's Commissioner Tam Baillie. The legislation aims to tackle revenge porn and strengthen police powers to tackle domestic abuse.

    Topical questions features a question on the abolition of the Getting it Right for Every Child Programme Board and a questions about how many farmers will not receive the 70% emergency CAP in December.

    Woman

    The Scottish government will lead a debate marking 16 days of activism against violence against women.

    Labour MSP Iain Gray will then Lead a debate on 'World Toilet Day 2015, We Can't Wait' which aims to raise awareness of the need for proper sanitation and toilets across the world.

    He will also praise an amazing 10 year old from Prestonpans who is campaigning for signs on disabled toilets that indicate some people have disabilities that cannot be seen.

  79. Good morning and welcome

    Holyood

    Good morning and welcome to Holyrood Live's coverage of the Scottish Parliament on 24 November 2015.