Gil's full comment to the Clydebank Post newspaper.
“The rise in reported sex crimes, I believe, is down to this changing culture of victims feeling they can come forward to the police and be treated seriously.
“In the Scottish Parliament, this culture also exists, as we have just passed the Survivors’ Bill to allow reporting of historic abuse.
“Prior to this, there was a three-year cut-off point, which stopped people from reporting childhood sexual abuse, for example.
“I would like to praise the work the police have been doing in handling these incredibly sensitive and difficult reports.”
Press releases prepared by Alan Ferguson, Gil Paterson MSP's communications manager, who can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 07342 061722..