Spring Break Rape Prevention

By: Dana Arquilla
By: Dana Arquilla

College students have their minds on sun and fun, but health officials want them to focus their attention on a more serious issue, sexual violence awareness. Some breakers are one step ahead.

Sarah and Rachel from Grand Rapids, MI say, "We try to travel in packs, like going to the bathroom or just walking around in general, and when we went to a club we took a bus; they give rides for free for people drunk driving and stuff."

Melissa Dunkelberger from Detroit, MI says, "You don't give out too much information to people you don't know and kind of always be skeptical of people because you just really never know."

The Florida Department of Health is raising awareness of sexual violence through the campaign, "Rape, Talk About It, Prevent It.” They're handing out pre-paid phone cards to spring breakers that have a voice message about sexual violence prevention.

Just like all the other organizations here marketing to spring breakers, the DOH had to come up with something to catch their attention. Frisbees remind students to have fun, but they carry an important message. Even local bartenders play a part in prevention.

Jared Dvorak, a Spinnaker bartender, says, "We try to keep an eye on the drinks, remove cups that sit around too long, make sure nobody's dropping anything in cups."

Anything to keep students having a fun and safe spring break. According to the Rape, Abuse and Incest Nation Network, one in six American women is a victim of rape or attempted rape. Ten percent of sexual assault victims are men.

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