Cruise Nite – Safety Tips for Women

Cruise Nite

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It’s Cruise Nite week in Kearney and for many that is the summer version of spring break. A time to let loose, to hang out with friends and to party. Unfortunately, any time alcohol is used excessively it poses a safety risk, especially for women.

We want you to get out and have fun with friends, but we also want you to stay safe. The best way to do that is to have a plan and to know what situations put you at a higher risk.

For example:

  • 43% of sexual assault incidents involve alcohol consumption by the victims and 69% involve alcohol consumption by the perpetrators.*
  • Over 50% of college sexual assaults are associated with alcohol use.*
  • And 90% of acquaintance rapes involve alcohol.*

You don’t have to be drinking to be affected. Just being around others who are consuming excessive amounts of alcohol greatly increases your risk.

So here are a few safety tips to help you stay safe this week.

Cruise Nite Safety Tips for Women

  • Don’t drink too much. You just read the stats, don’t become one.
  • Don’t go out alone. Plan an evening out with friends and keep an eye on each other. Agree on a code word to use with your friends that you can use if one of you feels like you are in a bad situation. If you hear that word or get a text with it, get them out of there ASAP.
  • If you are drinking, keep your drink in your possession at all times. Don’t allow anyone else to refill it or take it out of your hand for any reason. In fact, keep your drink covered with a lid or your hand over the bottle or can. It’s all too easy for someone to slip you a roofie.

  • Stay with the group. Avoid getting yourself in isolated or dimly lit areas. You always want to be where someone can see or hear you.
  • Trust your instincts. If the situation is making you uncomfortable, there’s a reason. End the conversation and rejoin your friends. Let them know what’s going on and ask them to keep an eye out for you.
  • Always let someone who isn’t going with you know where you’re going to be and when you plan to come back and that you’ll check in with them. You want someone to know something’s wrong if you don’t check in.

If you need help

If you do find yourself in a situation where you have been sexually assaulted contact Campus Police or the Kearney Police right away. Also, the Family Advocacy Network is a great resource if you or someone you know has been a victim of sexual assault. If you think you may be pregnant, have a STD, or you want someone to talk to please contact us. We’re here for you.



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