Annie Brown wins award for 'Best article - News'

Over the next week we will be publishing information about all of our 2017 Write to End Violence Against Women award winners. You can find the full list here.

You can also listen to interviews with attendees of the Write to End VAW awards, on Engender's Podcast 'On The Engender'.

Annie Brown won the Best News award for her investigative piece on the lack of forensic services for survivors of rape or sexual assault on Scotland's Northern islands.

Read Annie's piece for the Daily Record here: 'Island rape victims forced to endure second hell due to lack of local forensic facilities'

Writing for the Daily Record, Annie shines a light on the fact that rape survivors must be escorted by police on a passenger flight or ferry to Aberdeen, because there are no forensic facilities on the Orkney or Shetland islands. This is both traumatic for the women and risky as there is a chance they may be recognised by locals on the plane or ferry with their police escort.

The pieces contains interviews and insights from Sandy Brindley of Rape Crisis Scotland, Linda Gray of Shetland Rape Crisis and Zelda Bradley of Orkney Rape Crisis.

Comments from judges: "This article raises a very important issue through a well written and original contribution. It draws well on agencies that have expertise in this area and links well to wider issues around VAW as well as the particular issue addressed. "

"This article had everything - it's a very important subject that needs more attention, it spoke to real victims of the lack of services, it suggested how this might be remedied. It was both wide-ranging and specific, and was written clearly and cleanly."

Read Annie Brown's piece here: Island rape victims forced to endure second hell due to lack of local forensic facilities

The Rape Crisis Scotland hotline is 08088 01 03 02.

Contact Orkney Rape Crisis on 01856 872298 or at

Contact Sheltand Rape Crisis on 01595 745078 or 07570 062362 or at

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