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[Rape Crisis Network Ireland] RCNI call for Rape Prevention Programmes that target alcohol consumption link to sexual violence. (26 Sep 2012)

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“Don’t be an innocent bystander this Thursday” is the message from Rape Crisis Network Ireland (RCNI) who have called on the State to fund alcohol-focussed, rape prevention initiatives which aim to empower people to recognise and safely intervene in situations of potential or actual sexual violence in a social setting.

RCNI believe that the introduction of rape prevention and bystander programmes, with a clear focus on the role alcohol consumption plays in sexual violence perpetration, could significantly reduce rates of alcohol-related sexual harm.

RCNI Policy and Communications Director, Clíona Saidléar commented: “rape does not happen in a vacuum. It takes place in a community, a society, a social setting. Bystanders have a crucial role in making the spaces they socialise in safer for everyone. Unfortunately mixed messaging, particularly about alcohol and its relationship to sex, can mean that bystanders stay silent when they are witnessing sexual harassment or coercion. This silence from bystanders can often act as support and encouragement to the harasser who may choose to take that behaviour further.

‘This is why RCNI are calling on the State to fund bystander programmes aimed at helping participants to learn to detect the risk of sexual violence in social contexts, to challenge sexist attitudes and behaviours, to intervene safely in potentially dangerous situations, and to provide support to friends who are being or have been victimised.

‘Such an education programme would have to be matched by enforced standards in alcohol marketing which do not reinforce a link between alcohol consumption and sexual ‘permission’ and ‘success’.

 

Item Type:News
Source:Rape Crisis Network Ireland
Date:26 September 2012
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Subjects:VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health related prevention
MM-MO Crime and law > Crime and violence > Substance related violence
B Substances > Alcohol
A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Prevalence > Substance use behaviour > Alcohol consumption
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health related prevention > Health information and education > Communicable disease control > Safe sex

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