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Safety Concerns for Students As 1/3 Say They've Received Unwanted Attention


7:48am 15th September 2014

As Fresher’s week is fast approaching, Drinkaware has being researching the worrying a culture of heavy drinking leading to sexual molestation becoming the norm on a night out for young women. An insight into how 18 to 24-year-olds behave on a night out, a survey has found one in three girls received inappropriate or unwanted physical attention or groping, but few were surprised.

Academics said that excessive consumption of alcohol has turned Britain’s pubs and clubs into a ‘permissive social arena’.

82% of 18-24 year olds will always or almost always drink alcohol when they go out, however;

•  Nearly a third of young women (31%) aged 18-24 said they received inappropriate or unwanted physical attention or touching on a drunken night

• More than a quarter of young women (27%) have put up with inappropriate sexual comments or abuse on a drunken night out

• Young women who experienced this said that unwanted attention on a night out made them feel disgusted (69%) they also reported feeling anger (56%) and fear (39%)

Young women were not the only ones susceptible to this behaviour - 11% of young men said they had to deal with inappropriate or unwanted physical attention or touching and 8% received inappropriate sexual comments or abuse and more than 40% of people who have experienced sexual assault believed their assailant to be drunk.

York Student Union Welfare and Safety Officer Jemima Busby says its something that they are aware of in the city and a problem they hope to combat with projects to raise awareness of the problem. Jemima said " we work closely with students and door staff at venues to ensure problems like these aren't a regular occurence". Jemina told us "nights out should be about having fun and not having to watch who's around you and feeling uncomfortable".

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