Cork’s Sexual Violence centre issues warning to young people after reports of rape on holidays abroad

Cork’s Sexual Violence centre is warning young people preparing for post-leaving cert holidays to be careful who they become friends with on holiday.

In recent years the centre say they have dealt with service users who were raped by people they considered close friends on holiday, with many ending up sharing flights home to Cork with their abuser.

The service say they found that many girls who attended the centre when they arrived home weren’t raped by the men who were from the country they were in, but by Irish people they had met.

Speaking to RedFM News, Head of Cork Sexual Violence Centre, Mary Crilly says girls assume they’re always safe when they meet Irish people abroad:

“When you meet a bunch of Irish guys here. You’re not always totally safe. So it leads them to believe to find the letter guard down, they maybe drink more because it’s Irish lads you’re wiyh. And you know, the majority of times you are totally safe with with the Irish lads who you meet up with, but sometimes you’re not. So all I’m saying is hold your guard at all times because you can’t be sure just because he’s not from Spain or Italy or wherever you are, just because he’s Irish. You can’t always be sure.”

 


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