Rape Crisis Scotland said the lack of forensic examination facilities in Orkney or Shetland was adding to the trauma women had already suffered.
Mr Scott said: "We want to make it as easy as possible to have a successful prosecution in a potential rape trial based on evidence. About sharing image copyrightScience Photo Library Some rape victims in the Northern Isles do not report it because they have to travel to the mainland without washing for forensic examination, it has been claimed.
Rscort Crisis Scotland is calling for specialist facilities to be made available in Orkney and Shetland. A spokeswoman said: "We are taking bold steps to improve the way the justice system responds to sexual crimes and we have committed to reviewing the way forensic examinations are undertaken to ensure they are done sensitively and appropriately.
Related Topics. Orkney Rape Crisis provides support, information and therapeutic help.
In a statement it said: "They are advised rscort to wash, drink or eat before they are examined as evidence may be lost before they are taken with a police escort on a passenger flight or ferry to Aberdeen. Support workers say it would spare victims the ordeal of travelling by boat or plane under police escort. The Scottish government said forensic facilities were being reviewed.