Many sexual assaults happen during or immediately after club and party situations, and we know young people ages 16-24 are most at risk. In 2015, over 20% of victims we saw at the hospital had been at a party or club during or prior to the assault.
There are a number of things you can do to help keep yourself and your friends safe:
- Arrive Together, Stick Together, Leave Together – Use the buddy system when going out whenever possible. Just like you wouldn’t give a friend’s keys back if you know they’ve been drinking, you also don’t want to let someone leave a party a person they just met.
- Leaving with the same group you came with and making sure everyone does so safely helps assure that those party nights leave only good memories and fun behind.
- Be an Active Bystander – If you are with a friend who is about to do something they shouldn’t, step up and tell them it’s wrong. Having sex with someone who is intoxicated and can’t give consent isn’t clever or cool – in Nevada it is sexual assault and it can come with serious penalties. Don’t be that guy, and don’t let your friends be that person either.
We know that both guys and girls can be victims of assault.
Here are some tips everyone can use:
- Get your own drinks and never leave drinks unattended
- If you start to feel sick or overly intoxicated when you have had little or no alcohol, get to a safe place immediately and call someone for help (this is another thing the buddy system can help with – A LOT)
- Follow your instincts. If someone is pushing your boundaries or won’t take “no” for an answer, steer clear and use resources of friends and security or staff at the venue if you need to get the person to quit bugging you. LISTEN to yourself.
- Know your location and always be aware of your surroundings and let others know where you will be.
- If you see something, say something. Be a responsible bystander.
- Make sure your phone is charged and close by-you can’t use a safety app or call for help if your phone is dead
- Someone who really cares about you is not going to force you to do something you don’t want to do
- Don’t get behind the wheel if you’ve been drinking
Partysmartinlv.com offers tips, public service announcements, and great reminders on how to have fun while remaining safe in Las Vegas and anywhere across the globe. The website is a joint venture between The Rape Crisis Center and TAO Cares, as well as additional community partners.
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