• By Maria

The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre (DRCC) has devised the following Staying Safe Tips for young people.

Angela McCarthy, Head of Clinical Services, DRCC said: “Getting the Leaving Cert Results is one of those very important rites of passage for young men and women in Ireland today. Like all rites of passage it is a transitional time and as such young people still need support in making the life changes that leaving school and the Leaving Cert results, bring. The DRCC has devised a list of common sense tips that have been created in consultation with young men and women to help them when they are dealing with the consequences that this particular transition time brings.

It has become a tradition for some young people to go away together to celebrate their Leaving Cert results. This may be the first time that the Class of 2011 will be away for an extended period without the support and supervision of an adult. While this can be very freeing it can also be scary. These tips may seem simple but they are extremely useful and from feedback we have received, they have helped a lot of young people to stay safe and as a result have a memorable and great time together without the adults.”

There are two parts to the Staying Safe Tips; Section 1 is for prevention and Section 2 is what to do in the event of a rape or a sexual assault happening.

Staying Safe Section 1

PREVENTION

  • Look out for each other
  • Do not get separated from your group
  • Keep your drink in your hand at all times
  • Do not accept a drink from someone you have just met
  • Ask a friend to mind your drink if you have to leave
  • Stay in popular places and do not go to remote places
  • Nominate a Designated Minder for each group of 6 (in the same way as Designated Drivers are used)
  • Share Taxies and lifts
  • If you have to travel alone make sure you have phoned ahead to where you are going and give your estimated the time of arrival
  • Make sure your mobile is charged at all times

Be aware having sexual intercourse with a person without their consent constitutes rape

Staying Safe Section 2

Steps to take if a bad incident occurs

  • Key this number into your mobile phone 1 800 77 88 88 *
  • Have your mobile phone charged at all times
  • If you wish to report the crime, report it to the Gardai
  • Seek medical help
  • If you are abroad get in touch with your travel agent
  • Have the number of the Irish Embassy or Consulate keyed into your phone

*Contact the National 24 Hour Helpline for rape and sexual abuse 1 800 77 88 88 where you will get support and guidance for Victims, Family and Friends

ENDS

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