Hook-up safer campaign
Hooking-up should be about connection, intimacy, affirmation, and fun as it is about being safer. For many of us it is but not all hook-ups go to plan and it’s only afterwards we think about making different (better) choices. These are experiences from which we should learn because hook-ups have resulted in tragic consequences for some.
Our tips for making hooking-up safer whether you’ve been around the block a few times, or new to hooking-up.
- Tell someone where you’re going, and keep your phone and GPS on
- Have an exit plan home (keeping money or a card in a safe place)
- Know where to get professional help and support should you need it. If in doubt, phone a helpline or ask a friend
- If you use drugs: know what and how much you’re taking. Pace yourself and take breaks
- Some drugs are odourless and tasteless so don’t drink anything you’ve not prepared yourself, or know what it contains
- When calling the emergency services for an ambulance, be aware the police may also attend
- Know your rights and where to get legal help in the unlikely event you are questioned and/ or arrested by the police
- If a hook-up doesn’t feel or look right: trust your gut and think twice before agreeing to meet
- Not all hook-ups go to plan, and we often don’t talk about them when they go wrong. We should so we can learn from each other
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Hook-Up Safer video to spearhead campaign from March 2021.