Partying with friends is a fun experience, but sometimes when this involves drinking or using drugs it can increase your risk of being assaulted.
This is because:
- Alcohol/drug use reduces your ability to think clearly, and make clear and safe decisions,
- It also lowers any hang ups you may have, making you feel more trusting or like you want to do things you would not ordinarily do
- It is difficult to notice unsafe situations around you, including warning signs that tell you something feels wrong! This means you may do things you otherwise wouldn’t consider
- Alcohol and drugs also affect you physically, meaning it can be difficult to walk, talk, stand or move making it harder to get out of an unsafe situation
- You can’t consent to sexual activity if you are drunk/ or affected by drugs. This is important because using substances can take away your ability to feel in control
- You are less likely to be aware of your surroundings making it harder to notice if people are doing things to hurt you, such as touching you without consent or recording you without your consent
It is important to remember that the responsibility for sexual assault always lies with the offender who has made a choice to abuse. There is no excuse for sexual assault and you are never to blame
Tips for safe partying
Sexual assault can happen to anyone, but there are things you can do to reduce/lessen the risk.
- Plan ahead: this can include, knowing where you are going, who you will be with, and planning how you will get to and from a party.
- This can be as simple as putting money aside to get home in a taxi/uber or organizing a designated driver who has not been drinking
- Always telling an adult you trust where you plan to be and who you are with
- Always keep your phone charged/top up credit
- Looking out for one another: Staying close to friends, avoid separating from the group
- If you are going to drink, planning ahead and making sure you eat something and space out your drinks, drink water in between drinks.
- Always order your own drinks, avoid leaving your drink unattended
- Consider saving emergency contacts In your phone such as 000
- If a friend has had too much to drink look out and take care of one another