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[irishhealth.com] 2,000+ calls to rape helpline last Xmas. (21 Dec 2013)

URL: http://www.irishhealth.com/article.html?id=23057

Over 2,100 calls were made to the national helpline for rape and sexual abuse over the Christmas period last year, the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre (DRCC) has said.

It is reminding people of the importance of staying safe during this festive period.

She noted that many of these crimes go unreported because victims feel ashamed or do not think they will be believed, especially if they have been consuming alcohol.

This Christmas, as well as focusing on potential victims, the DRCC is also targeting potential perpetrators by reiterating the message behind the ‘Don't Be That Guy' campaign, which is run in conjunction with the Union of Students in Ireland and Trinity College Dublin.

This campaign appeals to men to ensure that their partner has consented to sex. If a man or woman is too drunk to consent to sex, this is considered rape.

 

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