Know the RISKS
Criminals target students during Spring Break. Risks include break-ins at your house or apartment while you’re away, muggings of students who are out on the town, and sexual assault (often facilitated by alcohol and other drugs) by people you know and people you don’t know. If you’re traveling to a new place, do a little research ahead of time into relevant laws, customs, and expectations; they could all be quite different from Ann Arbor’s.
Have a PLAN
Do some good thinking before Spring Break about your goals. Do you want to drink? How much? Do you want to hook up? Who with? What’s your specific plan for transportation, birth control, or safer sex? For travel safety planning, be sure to check out these enjoying spring break safety tips by Erin Weed.
Once you know your risks, and have a plan, share that information with a trusted friend. Help each other out, watch for any red flags or creepers, have fun together and go home together. And remember - no one ever deserves, invites or causes violence; no matter what your choices or your situation, you have a right to ask for help.
Give yourself an amazing Spring Break. Once you know the risks, have a plan, and connect with your support people – have FUN! Share these ideas with your friends and housemates to assure a great time will be had by all.
Our thanks to the Dean of Students February 2013 Personal Safety Education Newsletter for this information