Police chiefs in South Yorkshire have issued a reminder ‘no means no’ as the force Christmas crime crackdown focuses on sex offences.
With the party season now in full swing, officers are urging revellers to think twice about their actions when under the influence of drink.
Superintendent Peter Norman, South Yorkshire Police’s lead officer on violent crime, said: “At this time of year, many people become involved in celebrating the festive season by attending parties and social gatherings.
“For some people this may be the only time during the year they visit pubs, wine bars or nightclubs.
“Alcohol can make everyone vulnerable, regardless of their age or sex.
“We know from experience that young men under the influence can become involved in violent confrontations and that women can be subject to unwanted sexual approaches by men.
“I want to remind everyone, regardless of their age, that no means no.”
A series of posters are being used across South Yorkshire in a bid to emphasise the lasting consequences that drinking alcohol can have, also targeting would-be offenders.
Some crimes traditionally peak at Christmas, including anti-social behaviour, sexual offences and domestic abuse, as well as drink -driving.
Mr Norman said: “What initially may seem to be a drunken prank, particularly by young men, can actually be inappropriate sexual touching, or sexual harassment, or sexual assault.
“These are offences that can lead to arrest, prosecution and life changing outcomes for an individual.
“Many people underestimate the effects of alcohol and this can lead to changes in their behaviour.”