Press Release: Let your hair down not your guard
Wednesday, August 13th, 2014
A message to the Class Of 2014 from the National 24 Hour Helpline for Sexual Violence 1 800 77 88 88
The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre (DRCC) urges parents and the Class of 2014 to read the Staying Safe Tips before the celebrations begin. Since 2008 when the Staying Safe tips were first published there has been a steady decrease in the numbers of victims accompanied by DRCC to the Sexual Assault Treatment Unit in the Rotunda Hospital in the month of August from the very high number of victims of 40 in 2008. Hopefully there will be a further decrease in 2014.
Ellen O’Malley-Dunlop, Chief Executive DRCC said: “The weeks of waiting and anticipation will come to an end for the Leaving Certificate Students of 2014 when the results of the exams are received today.
We know there will be lots of celebrations and some disappointments, but hopefully not too many of the latter. We also know that the celebrations can leave some young people, as a result of drinking too much alcohol, vulnerable to the predators who will take advantage of them physically and sexually.
We urge parents, teachers, communities and the class of 2014 to take a few minutes to read the Staying Safe Tips devised in consultation with young people and many other interested parties to help and support to warn but not to blame.
It is possible to have a great time and to let your hair down but not to let your guard down. To the families, friends and the Class of 2014 we say, enjoy and remember the Leaving Cert. results celebrations.”
Staying Safe Tips
- Look out for each other
- Do not get separated from your group
- Do not drink to excess and 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 taxis and lifts
- If you have to travel alone make sure you phone ahead to where you are going and in the hearing of the driver give your estimated time of arrival
- Make sure your mobile is charged at all times
- Be aware that having sexual intercourse with a person without their consent constitutes rape
- The age of consent in Ireland is 17 years
- Key the National 24 hour helpline 1 800 77 88 88* into your phone
- Report any crime to the Gardai (if you wish) and seek medical help
*If you need any help or are unsure of what to do, call the National 24 hour Helpline 1 800 77 88 88 where you will get support and guidance from a trained person