September 26, 2023

Party-goers in Kilkenny urged to ‘Think Consent’ ahead of New Year celebrations

Party-goers in Kilkenny are being urged to Rape Crisis Centre ‘Think Consent’ as they gear up for tonight’s celebrations and people across the county head out for the evening.

The Rape Crisis Centre (RCC) has reminded the public that the National Free 24-hour Helpline 1800 77 8888 will remain open on New Year’s Day and the next few days for anyone who needs confidential information or support after rape or other sexual assault.

Rape happens when a person knowingly or recklessly has non-consensual sex with someone else,” RCC Chief Executive Noeline Blackwell said and added that all rape and other sexual abuse is preventable.

“It is up to everyone to ensure that they have their sexual partner’s full consent. To do otherwise can cause terrible harm, may be criminal and is inexcusable,” she said.

She also thanked the dedicated Rape Crisis Centre volunteers and staff who provided support to survivors of sexual violence around the clock over the Christmas period, as well as the many individuals and bodies who have supported the Centre and its work during 2019.

 Full holiday opening hours are available on the DRCC website,

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