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Rape crisis chief urges revellers to stay safe

THE Dublin Rape Crisis Centre (DRCC) has issued a set of safety tips for people who are out celebrating Bank Holiday weekends, good weather or attending outdoor summer events.

It said that over the past number of summers, the DRCC "has seen an increase in the incidents of men and women of men and women being raped or sexually assaulted."

Chief Executive Ellen O'Malley-Dunlop said: "The DRCC has devised a list of common sense tips that have been created in consultation with men and women young and old."

Its 'stay safe' tips include:

  • 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)

nShare taxis and lifts

nIf you have to travel alone make sure you have phoned ahead to where you are going and estimate time of arrival

nMake sure your mobile is charged at all times.

Meanwhile, Ms O'Malley-Dunlop said any attack victims should seek medical help and report crimes so that he perpetrators could be appropriately punished.