How can you ensure safety?
Increased consumption of alcohol, the atmosphere of rivalry, the feeling of anonymity in the crowds of tourists, stereotypical perception of women in the world of sports – all these factors may lead to more incidents of violence on women during the Euro2012. Read more about this in the „Publications.”
It does not mean that you should be afraid to go to such events. It is only advisable to take some safety measures and be familiar with the basic rules of behaviour in difficult situations which may happen.
Violence, in this case sexual violence, may happen to you both from a stranger and a person you know, like an acquaintance or a partner. Some rapes occur e.g. during a date. That is why you should react firmly if somebody crosses your boundaries, even if you think it would be stupid to spoil the atmosphere. No matter for what you allowed earlier you always have the right to say “no”. Say clearly where are the boundaries of behaviour to which you agree and do not feel guilty of it. You are not obliged to anything – even if somebody stood you a drink or invited to dinner. If such refusal has no effect, say that you are going to call the police. It is also advisable to learn how to defend oneself in case of an assault.