Summer is finally here and we all know what that means! Nice warm days, barbeques, ice-cold slushies by the swimming pool, long nights with friends and of course beach parties. But all of that could come with potential dangers especially for young people, who don’t always make their safety a priority. A night out drinking and partying can easily turn wrong and many people could get hurt in different ways. When you go out with your friends, all you could think about is if you look good and what kind of drinks there will be at the party. It is really important to know that drinking could cloud your judgment and that may affect how you think. If you’re going to drink while you are out with friends, always make sure you all designate someone to remain sober at all times.
You could never be too careful and there are other ways to add another layer of protection. There are a few Apps that could help you out during a difficult situation such as Circle of Six which lets a person instantly and discreetly message friends for help if they are in trouble. A GPS locator lets others know where you are. http://www.circleof6app.com/
Tips on how to have a fun and safe summer:
• Don’t let alcohol or other drugs cloud your judgment. Alcohol decreases awareness, so people are less likely to guard themselves against aggressive or coercive behavior.
• Acknowledge and understand that consent to sexual activity can be withdrawn at any time. Without putting yourself in danger, leave if you feel uncomfortable. Most importantly, if you do not consent, verbalize it. Say “No!” and get up and go.
• Avoid going into secluded areas. Be conscious of exits or other escape routes.
• Have a code word with friends or family so that if you don’t feel comfortable, you can call them and communicate your discomfort without the person you are with knowing.
• If you see a friend heading into a dangerous situation at a party, encourage them to leave or stay by their side.
• Always keep an eye on every beverage you drink. Once you lose sight of your drink, don’t consume it anymore just get a new one.
• Trust your instincts. If a situation or place makes you feel uncomfortable or uneasy, leave.
• Be aware of your surroundings. Knowing where you are and who is around you may help you find a way to get out of a bad situation.
• Make sure your cell phone is with you and charged and that you have money.
Have a safe summer!
The Prevention Team from WCS~DdM