NOVACARES Tip of the Week

Have A Safe Spring Break!

Spring Break is around the corner and many students are planning to travel somewhere to relax. Spring Break is fun because you are away from the stress of college and enjoy yourself. However, Spring Break can lead to an unfortunate incident if you aren’t careful.

Here are some ways to avoid trouble and make your Spring Break memorable:

Be careful with drinks: Do not take drinks from strangers who may have intentions of hurting you or the ones around you. Only take drinks from bar tenders or servers. Do not leave your drink unattended. Do not drink and drive.

Protect your belongings: You are an easier target of pickpockets when you are on vacation. Keep track of your card transactions to ensure no one has access to your bank accounts. Only take required cash, bank cards, and IDs with you and leave the rest in your suitcase hotel’s safe.

Look out for each other: You should always plan with your friends about how you will stay in touch with each other. If you feel your friend is uncomfortable around someone or at a party, suggest that it is time to leave and escort your friend to a safe place.

You have the ability to be an active and responsible bystander. Bystander intervention aims to prevent various types of violence including bullying, sexual harassment, sexual assault and intimate partner violence. When you see something that you think is not right, say something, do something and/or get others’ attention to help prevent violence.

To learn more about bystander intervention, visit http://www.nvcc.edu/novacares/sas/bystander.html
Contact NOVACares for questions and concerns at novacares@nvcc.edu or visit www.nvcc.edu/novacares/

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