“Free” stuff comes at a very high price
Have you been invited to a party or get-together, either online or in person and have been told that there will be “free” drink and/or drugs?
“Why is someone offering to give me something for free?"
“What do they want from me in return?
Have you been invited to a party or get-together:
either online or in person,
or by someone that you don’t know well?
The party could be at someone’s house that you don’t know, or in a location that you’re not familiar with.
You could be offered a lift and told that there will be free drugs and alcohol available,
“Why have I been invited when I don’t know the person who owns the house or whose party it is?”
“Why is someone offering to give me something for free?”
“What do they want from me in return?”
Listen to your gut feeling – if it feels wrong, don’t go!
Accepting the invitation could lead to you feeling pressured into doing things that you don’t want to do, things that make you feel uncomfortable and ashamed. The price you pay for the free stuff could be rape.
If you do accept an invitation to a party or get-together there are things that you need to do keep yourself safe:
If you are at a party or get-together and are having a good time, but someone asks you to do something that makes you feel uncomfortable:
Don’t accept or use any drugs
Don’t go into a room alone with people that make you feel uncomfortable
Make an excuse, eg pretend you’re feeling ill and lock yourself in a room eg; bathroom or go outside.
Then send a text or make a phone call to a trusted adult to get someone to come and pick you up or call the police.
Sexual assault or rape is a criminal offence and you should tell someone if this happens to you. There are people who you can speak to who won’t blame or judge you about what has happened.
Childline: 0800 1111
Police: Call 101 in a non emergency or if the crime has already happened. Call 999 if the crime is in progress or you feel you are in immediate danger.
Crimestoppers: 0800 555111
If you tell a trusted adult they might then inform the police or Children’s Social Care if they are concerned about your safety.