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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• Acknowledge and understand that consent to sexual activity can be withdrawn at any time.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?

Vice President Biden on “The View” to Discuss Teen Dating Violence & Sexual Assault

Hello I.Standers!

We came across this message and thought it would be great to share with you all! The office of Vice President Biden released this message September 23rd, 2011.

We thought you might be interested to know that Vice President Biden will be the special guest on “The View” this coming Tuesday, September 27 (11AM Eastern).  The Vice President will focus on the threat of dating violence and sexual assault among teens and young adults.

Last week, in a video message, Vice President Biden called on high school and college students to share their ideas for how to prevent dating violence and sexual assault at their schools and on their college campuses.  Young men and women are invited to join this important conversation by submitting their ideas via the new whitehouse.gov/1is2many page or by using the hashtag #1is2many on Twitter.

Visit the website to learn more about federal efforts on this important issue: http://www.whitehouse.gov/1is2many/about/federal-efforts

All the best,
The Office of the Vice President

So if you have time during your day (and no, we’re not advising you to ditch school— TVo!) tune in, or look for videos of the interview online.  Let us know what you think and leave a comment!

Vice President Joe Biden