Manager of the Tipperary Rape Crisis and Counselling Centre Anita Clancy-Clarke is offering ‘Tips to Keeping Safe’ to young people this summer.
Ms Clancy said that TRCC has seen an increase in the number of incidents of young men and women being raped or sexually assaulted at this time of year. The incidents coincide with celebrating exam results, attending outdoor summer events, and holidaying abroad.
She said whether you are out celebrating the completion of the Leaving Cert exams or attending concerts or festivals, always think about and be aware of your safety.
Ms Clancy-Clarke said that following these simple tips could considerably increase the safety of the young person
“While these tips may seem simple, they are extremely useful. There are a number of outdoor events and holidays abroad planned for the summer months and we want to make sure that young people can enjoy these events and stay safe at the same time,” she said.
Ms Clancy-Clarke added that the TRCC are also issuing a warning to potential perpetrators that having sexual intercourse with a person without their consent constitutes rape. “It is a violation of a person’s human rights to take advantage of another person when they are in a vulnerable situation”. We urge that these crimes are reported so that the perpetrators can be appropriately punished,” she said.
Advice includes - 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 six in the same way as designated drivers are used and Share taxis and lifts.
If you have to travel alone make sure you have phoned ahead to where you are going and estimate the time of arrival.
Make sure your mobile is charged at all times.
Key this number into your mobile phone: 1 800 77 88 88. It is the national 24 hour helpline for rape and sexual abuse.
If in Ireland and you wish to report a crime, report it to the Gardaí; seek medical help; If abroad, phone the embassy or consulate;
For further information, contact Tipperary Rape Crisis & Counselling Centre at 1800 340 340.