Women’s Groups are furious at the cruel rule that will see victims forced to admit a child came from rape or face losing benefits.
Scottish charities are to boycott a sickening move to require rape victims to disclose their ordeal – or miss out on benefits.
Scottish Women’s Aid and Rape Crisis Scotland say they will not “collude” with the UK Government ’s “rape clause” .
The brutal policy, which comes into force on Thursday, will cap child tax credit entitlement at two children unless a mother can prove they conceived a further child as the result of rape.
Local Women’s Aid and Rape Crisis groups would have to certify the claim to the DWP .
But the charities say it could destroy relationships with victims and local branches who refuse to take part have their “full and unwavering support”.
Sandy Brindley, of Rape Crisis Scotland, said: “This policy has been developed based on a complete lack of understanding or empathy for rape, domestic abuse and coercion. It is unworkable.
“A choice between potential poverty or being forced to disclose rape is no choice at all. This is why the Rape Crisis movement in Scotland is unable to support this policy.”
Marsha Scott, of Scottish Women’s Aid, said: “Forcing a woman to disclose her child was born of rape or coercion is ethically unjustifiable.