Cruising (Dogging)

 

You may have heard of cruising, or you might not have a clue what it is.
Cruising means going to secluded outdoor areas such as parks and
woods to meet men for sex. Not all gay men do this, but some do
and if you are thinking of doing it, then there are a
few things you should be aware of.

Not all men in cruising areas are there for sex – some muggers and
gay bashers target them too. If you’re the victim of this remember that
having sex in a public place could, at other times, get you into trouble
with the law, especially if you’re not discreet and other people see you.
You should report any problems to the police. As a victim of crime,
they shouldn’t be interested in the fact you were cruising, 
just in catching the attackers.

A cruising area that’s been in the news can attract trouble makers 
and police. It may be worth avoiding until things quieten down. 

Check out a cruising site during the day to see it’s layout, exit routes,
dead ends, how to get to safety, as well as the nearest bus stops,
cab office or phone box.

If you can, let someone know where you’re going – or better still go with
a friend and pre arrange times and places to meet while there.

If you have been drinking or taking drugs, stop and think – 
you may be more vulnerable.

Don’t forget:
Condoms and lube – even if you are not planning to have full-on sex. 
You can’t rely on getting them later
Money – Make sure you have enough to get a bus or taxi home.
Personal alarm – this is good for scaring off 
trouble makers and attracting help.

Leave it:
Walkmans/iPods – wearing these can make you less aware of
your surroundings and more of a target for muggers.
Credit cards, expensive jewellery, larger amounts of cash 
and anything with your address on in case they are stolen.
Drugs – If you have drugs on you, you could be in 
major trouble if stopped by the police.

When you get there:
Be discreet – if passers by can see you having sex, or you draw
attention to yourself, you can attract the police and gay bashers
or muggers. Always put valuables in a hard to reach zipped pocket.

Avoid going off with someone to places hard to escape from like
multi-storey or underground car parks, cars and alleyways.

If you’ve been out for a few hours you may find yourself ready to take
more risks – sometimes it’s best to call it a night and go home.

If you are attacked:

Make noise to scare attackers off – shout “fire” 
(more people take notice than “help”).

Get away ASAP – trying to take them on puts
you at more risk of serious harm.

If knocked to the ground, cover your head but try to keep moving
(it’s harder to kick a moving target).

Afterwards, let someone know what’s happened. 
Reporting crime means it’s less likely to happen to others.

If someone else is attacked:
Avoid putting yourself in danger – get to a safe place.

If/when safe to, help the attacked person out – 
don’t assume someone else will.

Call the police on 999 or 112 the alternative emergency number
for mobile users – make a note of the attackers’ appearance, 
accent, car number etc.
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