Study Tour Safety Program Presented by: The Office of Student Outreach & Support and the Wellness, Alcohol & Drug Education Program
Overview • Sexual Assault • Alcohol & Drugs • Crime Prevention • Contact Information
Safety Issues and Planning Preparation is the key to your safety! Know tips to reduce your risk of sexual victimization Familiarize yourself with customs where you are traveling Use the buddy system
Alcohol & Drugs Although alcohol may be legal in certain countries at a younger age abroad, it is tied to negative consequences. Injury, violent victimization, and accidents Drug use abroad can result in sever consequences- plan on being treated guilty until proven innocent outside the United States. “Your not in Kansas anymore!”
Alcohol or drugs may cause you to… Ignore or miss cues Not notice attempts to isolate you as a way to facilitate an assault Be encouraged to drink more to facilitate an assault Unsuccessfully resist an assault
Crime Prevention Be aware of stereotypes of US men & women Sexual harassment- unwanted attention from strangers Stay together or in a group Alcohol and Drugs can cause you to ignore cues that help you to evaluate your safety… • Someone may encourage you to drink to facilitate an assault • Be aware of “date rape” drugs: pills, liquid, cigarettes
Sexual Assault & Rape Sexual assault is a traumatic experience for anyone. It can happen anywhere & to anyone. Sexual assault is a crime of violence. It is never about love or affection- it is about power & control. Victims of sexual assault may feel violated and powerless.
Perpetrators Perpetrators of sexual violence may use drugs, threats, power, force, or manipulation to attempt to control their victim. Perpetrators are more often male but males can also be victims of sexual assault. Trust your gut. Perpetrators are not always strangers…
Boundaries Intrusive Invasion of Boundaries If someone gives you more attention than you want, or is finding excuses to touch you, this can be potentially dangerous. Trust your “gut” feeling- your intuitive sense that something is not right.
Tips to Reduce Risk Be aware of surroundings & if you are uncomfortable, leave Use the buddy system Be aware of unwelcome attention Do not accept drinks from anyone or leave them unattended Alcohol is the #1 date rape drug- know your limits Don’t allow yourself to be isolated
Response Sexual assault is a crime of motive & opportunity. Ultimately there is no surefire way to prevent an attack and it is never the victim’s fault. Find someone you know & trust to support you. You need to be control of the response. Get medical assistance Decide whether or not to report the assault to police. Counseling Support at SJU
How to help a friend Always believe a victim and reaffirm that it is not their fault Try and offer a safe environment Do not blame the victim Do not push the victim to make quick decisions. Let them decide in a pace in which they want to talk about the experience Be patient and supportive
Contact Marci Berney Director of Student Outreach & Support (610) 660-1149 email@example.com Campion Hall, 212 Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) (610) 660-1090 Merion Gardens A504 REPP (Rape Education Prevention Program) (610) 733-9650 Office of Public Safety & Security (610) 660-1111