Central Scotland rape crisis centre closure poses questions for charity

The centre in Stirling offered support to victims from across central Scotland
The centre in Stirling offered support to victims from across central Scotland

A rape crisis centre which 
offered support to abuse victims from across the Falkirk district has closed after losing an employment tribunal.

The Stirling-based Central Scotland Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Centre is understood to have entered liquidation after it was ordered to pay a former employee £19,426.58 for constructive dismissal.

The award was made in favour of Helen McKee on December 31 after a tribunal ruled the centre had failed to follow up complaints made against former board member Duncan Dennett, who was found to have “regularly demonstrated aggression”.

The centre was funded by a number of public bodies including Falkirk Council, which awarded it an annual grant of around £16,000.

It offered “a free and confidential service” to those aged 13 and over and promised to “work towards the elimination of the effects of rape, sexual assault and child sexual abuse.”

It was unclear this week if a like-for-like service would replace it.

A spokeswoman for Rape Crisis Scotland said: “Rape Crisis Scotland is working closely with the Scottish Government and local partners to establish a new rape crisis service for central Scotland.

“Our priority is to ensure that survivors in the area have access to appropriate support, and we will be providing an interim service to survivors in partnership with Glasgow Rape Crisis while the new centre is being established.”

A council spokesman said: “We were advised by Rape Crisis Scotland that the Central Scotland Rape Crisis service were in the process of going into liquidation.

“Falkirk Council is currently reviewing the position and is meeting with the service along with other partner funders as to how current service users are supported through this difficult time.”