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Campaign to protect teenagers from rape

Lincolnshire Police have started a campaign aimed at secondary school children to teach them that in all circumstances if a person does not consent to having sex, it is classed as rape.

From recent figures (May 1, 2010 to April 31, 2012) 67 per cent of victims had been drinking when the rape took place.

Worryingly 53.5 per cent of the suspects carrying out rape had also been drinking.

If your child is socialising for the first time this year after reaching 18 years, give them the advice police provide to ensure they remain safe and secure:

Know your limits when drinking to ensure you are aware of your surroundings and who you are with at all times.

Keep your drinks where you can see them, do not leave them unattended.

It is vitally important that you remain with your friends and do not get isolated.

Ensure you have pre-arranged transport to get you back home, do not walk on your own.

Make sure the taxi is pre-booked, do not flag down cars that you cannot be sure are registered drivers.

If you find yourself at a party, remember no means no, even if you have consented at the start of sex, you can say no at any time - it is your right.

For anyone convicted of rape the consequences are enormous: life imprisonment, conviction for life, placed on the Sex Offenders Register, labelled for life as a rapist.

In most cases of rape the offender has already met the person they are raping, respect the decision, when the person says no it means no - at any time.

You could protect your children by having a chat with them before they socialise and letting them know the consequences. If you do not feel confident to talk to them direct, print off this page and leave it for them to read on their own.

If you would like to access further information visit this link to the website, http://www.lincs.police.uk/News-Centre/Campaigns/No-Means-No/

Lincolnshire Police have a specially trained team dealing with rape victims called the Emerald Team. If you need to talk to someone ring 101.

Spring Lodge is a specialist centre designed to help people who have been raped or sexually assaulted. You can talk to an independent advisor and receive ongoing support.

Telephone: 01522 524402 between 9am and 5pm or out of hours on 01371 812686

Email info@springlodge.org Website: www.springlodge.org

Analysis of figures from Spring Lodge show a link between rape and alcohol. Since May 1, 2010, to April 30, 2012, 24.1 per cent of victims were 14 to 17 years-old, 22.1 per cent were 18 to 20 years-old, 26.1 per cent were 21 to 30 years old.

A total of 67 per cent of victims were under the influence of alcohol and 11.5 per cent were under the influence of drugs. Of the offenders 53.5 per cent had been drinking alcohol and 9.5 per cent were under the influence of drugs.

 

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