Schoolies urged to act smart
TWEED Police are warning schoolies to be cautious, with sexual assault incidents 95 per cent higher than last year in the Tweed Byron area.
Crime Prevention Officer Andrew Eppelstun said the rise in offences in the area, which saw 18 sexual assaults reported last month, is driven by a number of factors, with alcohol consumption and related behaviour the common antecedent.
Snr Const Eppelstun said end-of-school celebrations were a turning point in the lives of young adults, however for some the introduction to adulthood was not the welcome they would like to have received.
“There are some persons who view the presence of schoolies as an opportunity to engage in predatory behaviour,” he said.
“Police urge schoolies, particularly young females, to be smart about the way they celebrate.”
Young women are advised to buddy up, look after friends who have too much to drink, never accept a drink from a stranger or leave a drink unattended, not to take tablets or drugs and to pace themselves.
Police are reminding young men that “no means no”, and that there is more than one way to say no. If a girl was too intoxicated to say yes or no then the law would deem this to be an act without consent.
Police also urged parents to talk about schoolies celebrations with teenagers, and know where they would be, who they would be with and what they planned to do.