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Summer is here!!

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.
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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/
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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• Acknowledge and understand that consent to sexual activity can be withdrawn at any time.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.
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Have a safe summer!
Sincerely,
The Prevention Team from WCS~DdM

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Justin Bieber: Lover or Fighter?

As most of us know Justin Bieber is a phenomenon when it comes to being in the media and the entertainment world. Many people, mostly girls, who are “BELIEBERS” can’t see Justin as a violent young man. Is it really hard to believe that such a successful young role model may have anger issues? With a new hit out “Boyfriend”, Justin Bieber again lays out his smooth moves with the ladies now that he is a grown man, which makes it hard for his fans to “Belieb” that he is being accused of being physically violent.

Recently, Justin Bieber has been allegedly accused of being in a fight with a paparazzi. Beiber is wanted for questioning by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s investigators after a photographer complained of being roughed up by the pop star at a shopping center in Calabasas, California.

According to witnesses, the photographer, Jose Sarros, was blocking Justin’s car as he was trying to leave with girlfriend Selena Gomez. Sarros told the Sheriff’s deputies that Justin got upset and hit him in the face. Sheriff’s say the photographer called 911 and complained of pain to his chest. Sheriff’s say the photographer was taken to a hospital where he was treated and released.

So what’s next for Justin Bieber? Well there has been an updated report on this alleged scuffle. A report was filed by Jose Sarros and now the case  is headed to the Los Angeles County District Attorney. Police have referred the case to prosecutors, which is apparently standard procedure for high-profile cases. If Justin Bieber is charged and convicted, he could face up to six months in jail.

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Was Justin Bieber trying to make a point with this recent alleged fight that he had with the photographer? Or was it all for media? Could his “new” friends have an influence on him as well to “man up”?

Speaking of “new” friends, last month, Bieber was spotted supporting a well known boxer, Floyd Mayweather, who has been in the media for his violent behavior of Domestic Violence. Is this a positive approach for Bieber or is he exploring unknown territory? A recent article on the Huff Post had this to say:

It looks like Justin Bieber hangs with a tough crowd. The impressionable teen made a very public appearance by the side of fighter Floyd Mayweather before the boxer’s highly anticipated match against Miguel Cotto. The 18-year-old “Never Say Never” singer, along with rapper 50 Cent, walked in with Mayweather’s championship belts. Another member of Mayweather’s crew, Lil Wayne, was also ringside. Mayweather…50 Cent…Lil Wayne… Justin Bieber… One of these things is not like the others. Many fans of the squeaky-clean singer were surprised to see him hanging with the noted band of thugs, all of whom have well-documented arrest records. Mayweather himself starts a jail sentence for domestic violence on June 1. According to TMZ, the 35-year-old boxer is a Belieber who has taken the “Boyfriend” crooner under his wing. Despite being found guilty of pounding on his girlfriend, Bieber thinks that his “mentor” is “misunderstood.” Mayweather apparently approached Bieber around four months ago and invited him to be a part of his posse. The two first connected after Mayweather watched Bieber’s bio Never Say Never and reached out to Bieber’s peeps. Insiders say Mayweather wanted to mentor the singer, who also happens to be a die-hard boxing fan. Bieber sees Mayweather as a “hard-working and clean-cut guy.”

Whatever Justin Biebers reasons are to promote himself with his “new” posse or why he even was involved in a fight, it still doesn’t make it right for anyone to use violence as the answer to any situation. Many girls would want Justin Bieber to be their “Boyfriend”, as he quotes in his new single:

If I was your boyfriend, never let you go
Keep you on my arm girl you’d never be alone
I can be a gentleman, anything you want
If I was your boyfriend, I’d never let you go, I’d never let you go

Yes, we all have seen Bieber be a gentlemen, but is he trying to portray an image that might hurt him in the long run?

 

 

 

 

Do you think Justin Bieber deserves to get into trouble for this or was it all a misunderstanding?

Who or what is KONY 2012?

OK! A lot of people have been asking WHO or WHAT is KONY 2012? With 84,077,445 hits and counting and  over 1.3 million likes, KONY 2012 is becoming or should I say IS a world-wide phenomenon! KONY 2012 is a documentary which has spurred a virtual movement to bring one man, Joseph Kony, to justice.

The #KONY2012 and #StopKony hash tags has been trending on Twitter and the movement has already reached millions. If you haven’t seen the video or if you don’t know who Kony is, then educate yourself a little.


The documentary, KONY 2012, was produced by a group called Invisible Children. Filmmakers followed around a former child soldier named Jacob from Uganda. The film’s message is simple, to make the name Joseph Kony infamous, “not to celebrate him, but to raise support for his arrest and set a precedent for international justice”.

Kony is the leader of a group called the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in central Africa. The LRA is widely credited with kidnapping over 30,000 children and forcing them to be soldiers or sex slaves.

Kony was indicted in 2005 for war crimes by an International Court but has eluded capture.

Together we can put an end to this monster’s heinous crimes against humanity. If you want to take a STAND and have your VOICE heard, please sign the pledge to help bring Kony to justice in 2012 @ www.kony2012.com  We CAN make a difference. #KONY2012

Hey Tweeters: Rape is Not a Joke!

[Trigger Warning: Sexual Assault]

Social media, like everything else, has a good side… and a bad side. The idea that social media can bring people together to talk about a subject is wonderful IF the subject is a positive one. Unfortunately, that is not always the case.

During the weekend, a horrible hashtag was the number one trending topic worldwide. The hashtag? #ItAintRapeIf.

We’re not even going to mention some of the hurtful jokes people were coming up with to tag along with this trend, but it was a cruel reminder that we have a long way to go before everyone realizes the seriousness of an assault.

Rape is not a joke. Nearly 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men in the United Sates has be raped at some time in their lives. 80% of female victims of rape experienced their first rape before the age of 25. This is serious stuff and it affects more people than we think. People that we know.

A victim faces so many obstacles to reporting after being assaulted. Self-blame is a huge reason… not knowing that it is never the victim’s fault. Many of the trending topic responses we saw on twitter were victim blaming. The reality is that there is NO EXCUSE for rape. It is NOT the victim’s fault and nothing anybody does or says justifies an assault.

It is about absolute, definitive, vocal, undeniable CONSENT from someone who is well within their senses. Without consent, it is an assault.

Fortunately, there were some people who stood up for what they thought was right and fought back with the hashtag #RapeIsntAJoke. As a community, we need to stand up and put an end to the victim blaming, the rape jokes and the excuses. Victims need our full support.

Ready for Halloween?

Halloween is coming up and many of you will be dressing up and heading out for a night on the town! Whether you are going to celebrate it Trick-or-Treating, at a house party with some friends, or heading to downtown Santa Cruz, here are some quick and easy steps so you and your friends can stay safe during your fun and spooky night.

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  • Bring emergency cash and a cell phone (with full battery). You never know what craziness lies ahead so it’s always better to be prepared! You might also want to look up the numbers of local cab companies and store those on your phone. It’s better to have a plan than to be stranded! Play it safe.
  • Do not go alone! Downtown Santa Cruz can be quite hectic and there will be a ton of people there that you don’t know. Don’t agree to “meet up” with your friends and don’t say you’ll meet back up at the car afterwards, arrange a way for all of you to get there together, stay together, and leave together.
  • Develop a buddy system. It’s easy to lose track of one person, especially if you’re going in a large group, but assigning “buddies” to each person will help you stay together. Don’t wander off!
  • Steer clear of any potentially violent situations. It can happen anywhere, especially in big crowds. If something around you looks like it’s heating up, move away! Innocent bystanders are not safe. You never know what kind of weapons might be involved.
  • Be careful on the road. Assign a designated driver. Make sure that person has not had a drink and is able to drive. Many others drink and drive so be especially aware on this night. Make it home safe.

House Parties

  • Again, go with, hang with, and leave with close trusted friends! We cannot reiterate this enough. Most assaults occur with someone you know so don’t think that because you know most of the people at the party you’re safe by yourself. Stay with trusted friends and leave with them.
  • Carry emergency cash and a cell phone in case you get separated from your group.
  • Watch your drink! Do not accept a drink from someone you hardly know. Be wary of mixed drinks like “jungle juice”; these drinks can have an excessive amount of alcohol that could creep up on you later on. We do not condone drinking, but if you’re going to, be smart!
  • Don’t assume people you just met have good intentions. It’s nice and fun to meet new people and make new friends at a party, but don’t assume they have good intentions. Don’t isolate yourself with someone who you’ve just met.

Trick-or-Treating

  • Always carry a flashlight, cell phone, and emergency cash.
  • Make sure the treats you receive have not been tampered with.
  • Do not enter an unknown home or vehicle.
  • Use sidewalks (not the road or lawns), stay with the group, and take care of each other.

And last but not least, TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS. If something does not feel right, it probably isn’t. Don’t dismiss the warning signs. We know Halloween is fun and exciting, but these are simple and easy steps you can take that will make you and your friends safer. So remember to stay with trusted friends, carry emergency items (money, cell phone, etc), watch your drink, and have fun.

Happy Halloween!

Teen Volunteers!

Need community service hours?

 The Prevention Program at Women’s Crisis Support- Defensa de Mujeres is looking for Teen Volunteers! Earn your community service hours for Watsonville or Pajaro Valley High doing amazing outreach, workshops, presentations, events, blogs, and campaigns with us! We’re looking for high-spirited dedicated teenagers to help us with our most creative and fun projects that bring awareness on teen dating violence and bullying. If you’re interested, and you attend either Watsonville High or Pajaro Valley High, contact our office at (831) 707-2207. Hurry! Positions are limited.

Click here to see our photos from last years events with our teens!

 

Teen Volunteer Training Description for Parents

Teen Volunteer Application

Teen Volunteer Parental Consent

Training Schedule- For Teens

Turn in forms to the Prevention Office at 220 East Lake Ave. Watsonville, CA 95076

Hope to see you soon!