Police warn women about the increased risk of rape over festive season
December 1, 2009
As the party season kicks off in the U.K. a new campaign is being rolled out to warn women that they may be at a higher risk of being raped at this time of year. Police forces throughout the U.K. say that because more people are going out to parties, pubs and clubs during the festive period there is usually an increase in the reports of rape.
The Association of Chief Police Officers is behind the campaign which will go out on the television and radio as well as on posters. The campaign warns women that there is an increased danger of sexual assault when drink is involved and that men face a long prison term if they are convicted.
Cheshire Chief Constable Dave Whatton points out that alcohol consumption is a factor in many rape cases. He went on to say that the point of the new campaign was to prevent incidences of rape from occurring by advising women on how best to protect themselves. He said that he also wanted the victims of rape to know that there are agencies set up to deal with the aftermath of an attack both by lending support to the victims and working on bringing the perpetrators to justice. He said that it was still an unfortunate fact that many incidences of rape are still not reported because victims prefer to stay silent.
Survivors Trust spokeswoman, Fay Maxted said that it was a welcome development that the new police campaign was including details on how the victims of rape could get help and support after the fact.