Mary Crilly, CEO of Sexual Violence Centre Cork, joined arah McInerney and Cormac Ó hEadhra on Drivetime to discuss staying safe during festival season.

Collaborating with Festival Republic and the Department of Justice, Sexual Violence Centre Cork is bringing a group of volunteers and setting up shop at a number of festivals across Ireland this summer.

Ringing into Drivetime from Longitude, a festival famous for attracting a younger crowd, Mary says that their tent acts as a safe space for festival goers, whether they want to report an incident or simply take a few minutes away from the crowd to charge their phones.

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With live events cancelled over the past two years during the pandemic, this summer may be the first time many young people have experienced a music festival, and some may will find it overwhelming if they're in unfamiliar surroundings or lose touch their friends.

"They're finding it quite overwhelming when they lose them, and it's still bright here," she notes.

If an incident does occur, Mary says that medical attention will be made available to festival goers but her biggest piece of advice is that groups of friends "mind each other" and try not to separate from one another.

The volunteers from the Sexual Violence Centre Cork will also use their time at the festivals to pass around questionnaires to find out how safe festival goers feel at gigs and what suggestions they have for making things more comfortable.