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£20,000 anti-rape campaign

Friday, January 1, 2010 - 7:03

A £20,000 anti-rape campaign aimed at young men has been launched, which will particularly tackle 'acquaintance’ rapes.
Don’t Cross the Line targets men aged between 16 and 24 and has been launched to coincide with the party season, when people may be more vulnerable because of alcohol.
"A lot of people associate the word rape with violent strangers, however an alarming number of rapes in Hampshire and the Island are carried out by someone the victime already knows, or met that evening," said police spokeswoman Terri Clarke.
The campaign has been given £15,000 from the Government Office for the South East and a further £5,000 comes from the constabulary’s own funds.
Last year, 42 rapes were reported to police on the Island a decrease of 11 from the previous year, according to police figures.
The campaign has shifted away from previous efforts, which have focused on women’s behaviour and the danger of drinking too much.
Don’t Cross the Line features an interactive role-playing game called Seal the Deal from a male point of view.
"The campaign aims to reduce incidents of rape by ensuring men understand the need to gain active consent before they have sex, regardless of how well they think they know someone," said the spokeswoman.
The campaign would also involve teams going into schools as well as the on-line game and a web site.
See the campaign at www.dontcrosstheline.co.uk

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