7 Tips to help you stay safe and prevent sexual assault during Spring Break
Know what consent is and respect it for all forms of intimacy. At www.girlsfightback.com, consent is defined as giving permission for something to happen and that permission must be given freely and is never coerced. Consent must be given verbally. Silence NEVER equals consent. Consent can never be implied or assumed regardless of any previous history of sexual contact. No matter what a person verbalizes, consent can never be given when a person is severely intoxicated or im- paired or at any point in the encounter after the person has said NO.
Decide before even heading out for a party or on a trip, what you want your personal boundaries to be in regards to intimacy. Then set your boundaries early and reinforce them often. Don’t ever let anyone talk you into doing something you’re uncomfortable with.
Be aware of your surroundings
If you come with your friends, leave with your friends. Friends can look out for each other and if they see someone not in your group in a potentially bad situation, look out for them too. Being an active bystander is the best way we can work together to end violence of all kinds.
Always keep an eye on your drink.
Do not drink from open beverage sources like punch bowls, pitchers or tubs.
If you or one of your friends sees or feels the signs of predatory drugs:
- extreme wooziness,
- difficulty standing
- slurred speech
- get to a safe place immediately and if the symptoms are severe, go to a hospital.
Information above was obtained from the http://www.safespringbreak.org/