Press Release: Staying Safe This St. Patrick’s Weekend

Friday, March 14th, 2014

Staying Safe This St. Patrick’s Weekend 

St. Patrick’s weekend is a time to celebrate our national heritage and our unique culture. At the DRCC we wish everyone an enjoyable and safe holiday.

We have devised the following Saying Safe Tips:

Some of these tips are educational, some are warnings and overall they are devised to raise awareness and to ensure that we can all be safe and enjoy this special time when we can be proud to be Irish.

Always look out for each other and be part of a group

  • Stay with your group of friends and try not to 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 even if he/she is a friend of a friend
  • Ask someone you know and trust, to mind your drink if you have to leave it down for any reason
  • Trust your instincts; if you feel uncomfortable in a place or with someone, leave as soon as possible
  • Nominate a Designated Minder for each group of 6
  • Share Taxis with friends
  • Make sure your mobile is charged at all times and keep the  helpline free phone number

1800 77 88 88 stored in it

  • If you have to travel alone, make sure you phone ahead to where you are going and give your estimated time of arrival. Make sure your driver hears you phoning ahead
  • Remember 8 out of 10 victims are raped by someone known to them

Steps to be taken in the event of a rape or sexual assault:

  • Call the  National  24 hour Helpline if you need the help of a Rape Crisis Centre for a recent rape or childhood sexual abuse,
  • If you are a family member or a friend and don’t know what to do when someone close to you has disclosed that they have been raped or sexually assaulted call this number and you will get the help you need
  • Contact your parents or Guardian or a friend
  • You may choose to report the incident to the Gardai
  • Get the medical support you need

Some facts to keep in mind this St. Patrick’s Weekend:

  • The  legal age of consent for having sex is 17
  • Under current Irish Law a person is guilty of raping another person, if they are reckless in their decision to pursue sexual contact without that person’s consent
  • If a person has sex with another person without their consent it is a crime
  • A person may not give  their consent freely if they are asleep, are unconscious or severely impaired due to alcohol, are mentally impaired , are under 17 or have been coerced in any other way that is deemed to be reckless
  • When a person is taken advantage of in any of these circumstances whereby they have not given their consent freely, they suffer the huge trauma of the effects of being raped

 Our aim is to offer a safe and confidential space where women and men of all ages can be listened to and supported without shame or self-blame. We are delighted that the DRCC is now in a position to offer all its information via the new DublinRCC app which is available to download on both iPhone and android.

ENDS

 

 

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