Police launch safety and awareness campaign to prevent sexual offences

Maldon and Burnham Standard: Essex Police have launched a campaign to help prevent sexual offences over the Christmas period. Essex Police have launched a campaign to help prevent sexual offences over the Christmas period.

Essex Police have launched a campaign to help prevent sexual offences over the Christmas period.

One of the key messages is to raise awareness about what constitutes rape, including taking advantage of a woman who is too drunk to agree to sex.

Det Con Emma Jones, a detective on the sexual offences team, said: "It’s important for people to understand what rape is.

“If a person drinks to the point where they are unable to give consent then that is rape.

“You will be committing a serious sexual offence which carries a hefty custodial sentence– and will ruin the rest of your life.”

Officers are also issuing advice for people attending Christmas parties to look out for friends, plan their route home carefully, keep an eye on their drinks and keeping some money for a taxi ride.

Victims of sexual offences are also urged to go to police, who will deal with all reports seriously.

Anyone who feels they cannot or are undecided about what to do can contact Oakwood Place, a sexual assault referral centre, on 01277 240620.

Support is also available via South Essex Rape and Incest Crisis Centre on 01375 380609 or SOS Rape Crisis on 01702 303232

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