The members of Mother's Union, Scotland, whose vision is of a world where God's love
is shown through loving, respectful and flourishing relationships are supporting
bills due to be debated at the Scottish parliament, in the autumn. The aim of the
proposed legislation will be to reduce violence in the family.
Trish Godman's Scottish bill aims to criminalise the commercialisation of sex by
making it an offence to engage in paid for sexual activity and thereby act as a deterrent
to traffickers, pimps and brothel owners. The hope is that legislation will be in
place before 2012 and 2014 when London and Glasgow host the Olympic and Commonwealth
Games which like any other influx of people will act as a catalyst for trafficking
Rhoda Grant another Scottish member of parliament aims to improve the safety of individuals
who are survivors of domestic abuse. The Bill aims to increase access to justice
by making Legal Aid non means tested and protect individuals from stalking by removing
the need for a course of conduct before a non-harassment order can be granted.
The need both to support the proposed legislation and provide a prayerful response
is incumbent on all who believe in the need to protect all God's people from injustice.
Support for women's refuges and men in prison indicate that members walk alongside
all God's people.
A caption which will form part of an exhibition highlighting domestic abuse and faith
communities echoes these sentiments: - 'Domestic abuse is a fundamental failure to
respect persons. Christian faith teaches us that all people are made in the image
of God and so to be respected. They ought never to be reduced to mere objects of
violence and desire. Faith therefore requires us to combat all forms of domestic
abuse for the love of God and for the persons God loves' (+Gregor).