A rape victim met Nicola Sturgeon to demand the end of ­Scotland’s not proven verdict .

The woman – known as Miss M to protect her ­identity – has been pushing for change since the verdict was given in the case against the man accused of attacking her in 2013.

She later won a civil case against the man, Stephen Coxen , who denied rape. He was ordered to pay her £80,000.

Scotland’s legal system allows for guilty, as well as not guilty and not proven verdicts, which both mean the accused is innocent.

Miss M believes the third verdict is confusing, can stigmatise the accused and leave victims without closure.

She met the First Minister in Edinburgh and said: “A not proven verdict doesn’t feel like an end – you’ve been through this process for maybe two years, three years, and at the end of this process, you expect it to be the end.

“But really it isn’t over for us. Some people say it is never going to be an ending with a not proven verdict.”

­Sturgeon said: “I think it’s incredibly important that we listen to survivors like Miss M, who has been courageous in how she has conducted herself in the effort to get justice.

“But it’s important we listen to those ­experiences to understand how the criminal justice system, in particular, deals with victims and the improvements that can be made to, as far as possible, lessen the trauma victims’ experience.”

Miss M said removing the not proven verdict will help “every rape survivor in Scotland”.

Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf said: “We want to strengthen how Scotland’s justice system and wider public services respond to the needs of sexual assault and rape survivors and it is thanks to the courage of people like Miss M that we can continue to deliver real improvements.”

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