We all learn tips to keep happy and safe while we’re out and about, especially if sex is involved. Here are a few ideas, taken from Galop’s ‘Safety Tips’ factsheet:
- When you are in a bar or club try not to leave your drink unattended or accept drinks or drugs from someone without knowing where they came from. If you do begin to feel unwell contact a member of staff in the club and ask for medical attention. Don’t accept an invitation to go home with someone if you feel unwell.
- When you meet a stranger you want to leave a club or bar with, try to introduce them to a friend before you leave, or let someone you know, maybe a barman or doorman, know you are leaving together. If you live alone and are taking them home, you can mention that you have a flat mate who is probably in (or a friend sleeping on your sofa) – even if you don’t. Someone who intends robbing or harming you may be deterred if they think you have company.
- If you’re going to someone else’s place, think about getting their address before you go and leave it with a friend. Use your judgement and trust your instincts – if you feel unsafe, say you’ve changed your mind. remember, your judgement may be impaired if you are drunk/have taken drugs.
- It’s unlikely that you will encounter any trouble while cruising or cottaging. However, it’s good to be aware of your surroundings, such as exits and dead-ends – especially at night. You are safer in areas where other men are cruising, so try to avoid becoming isolated. Trust your instincts if you feel unsafe or when you see someone behaving oddly.
- If you are attacked or see someone else being attacked, shout for help to attract others’ attention and think about calling the police immediately on 999.