“Use Your Brain Not Your Fists” Video Campaign was launched recently at the Bush Hotel in Carrick on Shannon.
“Use your Brain not Your Fists” is an educational video for teenagers on the dangers of using violence, inspired and motivated by the death of Carrick on Shannon’s Andrew Dolan who died after an unprovoked attack and Shane Grogan from Tuam who suffered catastrophic brain injury after an attack.
The video appeals to young males to think of the consequences for themselves and others of being involved in assaults as statistics show a rise in assaults in last number of years in line with the rise in the night-time economy.
According to the Garda Analysis Service, the vast majority of assaults are carried out by males aged between 18 and 39 against males of a similar age. These assaults typically take place in and around public places (street, roads, pubs and hotels) between 8pm and 5am at the weekend. Approximately 25% of incidents linked to the night time economy involved intoxication of either the suspect offender, the victim, or both. Perpetrators of assaults tend not to repeat the crime and there is a very low level of repeat victimisation.
You can see the video here