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North Wales Police launches Think Safe, Drink Safe sexual violence campaign

NORTH Wales Police is running an awareness campaign to help reduce rape and sexual assault over the Christmas and new year period.

The Think Safe, Drink Safe campaign includes a video on the force’s website and posters being distributed to pubs and clubs across the region.

Det Chief Insp Wayne Jones, from the public protection unit said: “We are committed to supporting victims of rape and sexual assault offences throughout the year.

“In the run-up to Christmas and new year we want people to enjoy alcohol responsibly and think about their behaviour.

“In many rapes and sexual offences alcohol can play a part. This can be through perpetrators not understanding issues of consent or victims putting themselves in vulnerable positions that normally they would not.”

DCI Jones also encouraged any victims to come forward.

He said: “These crimes must be reported to us so that we can bring offenders to justice.

“North Wales Police has specially trained officers who can provide help and support. We have a sexual assault referral centre called Amethyst where we work closely with the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board.

“In addition we also work closely with a the North Wales Rape and Sexual Assault Centre (RASA), who can give specific help to anyone who has been a victim of such an offence.”

He added: “We will thoroughly investigate any reported matters and offenders should be in no doubt we treat all rapes and sexual offences very seriously.”

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