West Scotland MSP Jamie Greene is urging Members of the Scottish Parliament to back his Victims Law, following the release of new figures showing a year-on-year increase in the number of sexual assaults and rapes against women in Renfrewshire & Inverclyde.

In all but one of Scotland’s policing divisions, the number of sexual assaults and rapes on women over the age of 16 increased in the past 12 months.

In the area covered by the Renfrewshire and Inverclyde Policing division, police recorded 159 crimes sexually motivated crimes against women in 2021-22, an increase of 47 on the year before.

Jamie Greene said: “These figures are truly horrifying and every single one of these cases is one too many.

“The sharp increase in sexual assaults is also of serious concern and it’s clear that the Scottish Government need to take urgent action to reverse this alarming trend.

“All too often women are left without a voice in the SNP’s soft-touch justice system and far too many criminals get off lightly for these appalling crimes.

“That is why I am calling on MSP’s to back my plans for a Victims Law which would go a long way to support women in our community. It will give victims the power to make statements in court and scrap the not proven verdict, which has often let down victims in sexual assault cases.

“If SNP ministers are serious about this then they will urgently back my plans for a Victims Law to put victims first.”