Clear verbal communication without intimidation or threats = consensual sex. Both parties must be awake when the act occurs; and, many states have laws that a person must be sober or not mentally impaired in any way in order to give true consent.
If it’s just you and the gurls (or guys) going out on the town, make a pact to watch out for each other, so no one wakes up with regrets the morning after.
Fraternities giving parties should designate, on a rotating basis, several “sober brothers” who agree not to drink and are responsible for monitoring the behavior of party-goers to make sure nothing gets out of hand.
If you’re in a sorority or social club, establish a rotating “sober sister buddy system” for checking up on one another at parties, when bar hopping or at other social gatherings.
Be responsible for what and how much you consume because personal responsibility increases personal safety.
Here are some GREAT programs for both male and female students…
If you’re the parent of a college kid you know once summer ends, school starts again. But you may not know that September is Campus Safety Awareness Month. Crime Prevention Specialist Susan Bartelstone thinks every month should be because the statistics on campus violence and sexual assault particularly are pretty alarming.
Colleges and universities are mandated by law to provide information about campus crime rates…
Don’t get on a campus elevator (or any elevator for that matter) with someone you get a bad feeling about. Always trust your instincts.
Stay alert when walking around on campus…
Mark your laptop, TV, audio equipment and other personal property with etched ID numbers…
Get Early Warning. Whether you live off-campus or on, close and lock your windows at night if you have no screens.
After 8-year-old Lieby Kletzy was murdered and 20 years after the Crown Heights Riots, Brooklyn, NY has stepped up to create safe havens for kids and keep peace in the community between Hasidic Jews and African Americans. This week, Crime Prevention Specialist Susan Bartelstone talks with Brooklyn DA Joe Hynes about the extraordinary efforts this borough has taken to protect its citizens –- steps other communities can learn from.
The only thing new about sexting is the word and the medium because people have been sending naked images of themselves to others, wanted or unwanted, for decades. Remember Polaroid instant cameras, photocopy machines and more recently web cams. We usually think of it as something primarily teens and young adults do, but when Congressman Anthony Weiner’s political career tanked because he tweeted pictures of his wiener (mandatory wiener reference alert) to a young constituent, Crime Prevention Specialist Susan Bartelstone just had to ask why.
Lieby Kletzky, a trusting eight-year old, walking home from summer camp for the very first time, was abducted and murdered despite living in a tight knit NYC Orthodox Jewish community that’s generally regarded as extremely safe. The whole City is shocked and grieving.