RCNI Calls On Govt To Target Alcohol Consumption And Sexual Violence

RCNI calls on Government to meet human rights obligations by targeting alcohol consumption and attitudes towards alcohol and sex.

On the International day of Human Rights and the conclusion of the 16 days of activism on violence against women, the Rape Crisis Network Ireland (RCNI) concludes its yearlong campaign focusing on alcohol and sexual violence. RCNI calls on the Government to meet human rights obligations regarding sexual violence, harmful gender roles and cultural practices.

RCNI Executive Director Fiona Neary commented: "As attitudes towards women, sex and alcohol, combined with consumption, demonstrate a relationship to decisions to carry out acts of sexual violence, there is an obligation on the Irish government to target alcohol consumption, particularly binge drinking, and alcohol-related attitudes that are facilitative of rape.

"The State needs to set standards for alcohol marketing and to provide funding for broad marketing campaigns that aim to dispel incorrect information about the effect of alcohol, and to challenge rape supportive attitudes including combating alcohol-involved rape, denial, minimisation and victim blaming."


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