Newry police visit SRC to speak about ‘One Punch’ and ‘Without consent it’s rape’ campaigns

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Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Police in Newry visited Southern Regional College recently to talk to male students about keeping safe on nights out.

The presentation centred around the PSNI’s ‘One Punch’ and ‘Without Consent It Is Rape’ campaigns and was delivered by officers from Newry Neighbourhood Policing Team, CID and the Rape Crime Unit.

The event was supported by Newry and Mourne Policing and Community Safety Partnership and Southern Regional College.

Students, aged between 16 and 25 years old, were shown short films which demonstrated how young people might find themselves caught up in violence or incidents where sexual offences may occur.

The films also highlighted the potential consequences of seriously injuring, assaulting or hurting another person.

Constable Wilson, Newry NPT said, “This presentation is aimed at educating our young people and giving them the knowledge and confidence to extricate themselves from a potentially harmful situation if they need to.

“One Punch and Without Consent It Is Rape looks at issues such as how alcohol can affect your judgement, how you can get pulled into a situation which is out of your control and how every individual needs to take responsibility for their own actions.

“It allows young men to see what the possible consequences may be if they get caught up in violence or sexual offending. The aim of the presentation is to help young men in Newry and Mourne make good decisions and keep themselves and their friends safe,” Constable Wilson added.

The presentation ended with a question and answer session. Police hope to bring this presentation to Year 13 and 14 male pupils across Newry over the coming months.

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