MP Michelle Thomson has contacted the police after Commons speech about being raped at 14


Michelle Thomson MP has made contact with police after revealing she was raped as a 14-year-old girl.

The independent MP told the House of Commons on Thursday she was attacked in a wooded area 37 years ago by someone she knew.

The Edinburgh West representative moved fellow MPs to tears as she told them "I'm not a victim, I'm a survivor" during a debate on the UN's International Day For The Elimination Of Violence Against Women.

Michelle Thomson told the house of Commons what she had been through (PA)
Michelle Thomson told the house of Commons what she had been through (PA)

Campaigners and fellow politicians have praised her for her bravery in speaking out.

The MP said she has been "overwhelmed" by the supportive messages she has received.

Police have not commented on the message. However, it is understood officers would make an approach to an individual to see if they want to take matters further if they publicly disclose they have been the victim of an offence.

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said earlier: "Speaking out about sexual abuse is incredibly difficult and disclosures are often made many years after an incident took place.

"Police Scotland will listen to any such disclosure, regardless of the passage of time, and will investigate. Our response is always victim-focused and every investigation will be tailored to meet their individual needs."

The MP told the Commons she had known her attacker and afterwards had "bottled it all up inside".

Thomson related how the rape had "fatally undermined" her self-esteem, confidence and sense of self-worth, and said she had not sought help until her mid-40s.

"I carried that guilt, anger, fear, sadness and bitterness for years," she told MPs.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon described the speech as "very moving and incredibly brave", and said it would help give strength to others.

Rape Crisis Scotland's national co-ordinator Sandy Brindley said: "Someone speaking so publicly about rape can send a strong message to other rape survivors - that the shame is not theirs and it is okay to talk about it and to seek support."

Here is her full speech.