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Common Sense Ways to Stay Safe this Spring Break

Common Sense Ways to Stay Safe this Spring Break

Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) March 01, 2012

Did you know that college aged students are at the highest risk for being sexually assaulted? With spring break just around the corner, RAINN, the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization, released helpful safety tips for spring break.

Whether you are headed to the beach or overseas or devoting your spring break to community service, it’s important to keep your safety top of mind. In addition to common sense travel tips like wearing sunscreen and keeping your passport safe, there are some things you can do to reduce the risk and prevent you or a friend from being the victim of sexual assault.

1. Trust your instincts. If you feel unsafe in any situation, go with your gut. If you feel uncomfortable or something doesn’t feel right, leave and get to a safe place immediately. If someone is pressuring you, it’s better to lie and make up a reason to leave than to stay and be uncomfortable, scared, or worse.

2. Protect your location on Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare etc. Think twice before sharing every detail of your spring break on Facebook and Twitter. Despite security settings, posting information about your whereabouts or activities can still reveal details that are accessible to the public. Use your best judgment when “checking-in” on Facebook or Foursquare and be cautious of revealing personal information through status updates or tweets with Twitter trends like #SpringBreak and #SB2012.

3. Get Local. Know your accommodation address and the safest routes to and from your local destinations. Have the number for local cab companies on hand and always keep enough cash on you to take a taxi home. Know who to contact in the event of an emergency, such as 911 or local authorities. If traveling internationally, have the contact information for the U.S. Embassy with you.

4. Be a good friend and stick together. Arrive together, check in with one another throughout the night, and leave together. Think twice about going off alone; if you have to separate from your friends, let them know where you are going and who you are with. If something seems questionable or someone is acting aggressively, don’t be afraid to intervene. By speaking up, you may help prevent your friend from being the victim (or perpetrator) of a crime.

5. Don’t let your guard down. A spring break destination can create a false sense of security among vacationers. Don’t assume that fellow spring breakers will look out for your best interests; remember they are essentially strangers.

6. Use your cell phone as a tool. If you find yourself in an uncomfortable situation, shoot a quick text for a “friend-assist.” Make a back-up plan before you go out just in case your phone dies. If you are traveling internationally, buy a pay-as-you-go phone or contact your cell phone provider to activate international coverage during your trip.

7. Drink responsibly and know your limits. Always watch your drink being prepared, and, when possible, buy drinks in bottles. If you lose sight of your drink or believe it might have been tampered with, throw it out and get a new one. If you or a friend seem too intoxicated for the amount of alcohol consumed or you suspect that someone has been drugged, get to a hospital.

In the event of a sexual assault during spring break, seek immediate medical attention. In the U.S., call 911 for emergency help or the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE) for advice and support. If you are traveling internationally contact the State Department or the American Embassy in country, to be connected with special services for American victims of crime abroad. You can also register your international trip with the U.S. State Department, to be notified of safety status changes.

Regardless of when the sexual assault occurred, it’s never too late to get help. If you or someone you know has been affected by sexual violence, talk to someone who understands what you’re going through. Help is just a call or click away via RAINN’s National Sexual Assault Hotlines: 1-800.656.HOPE and online.rainn.org


RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization and was named one of “America’s 100 Best Charities” by Worth magazine. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotlines (800.656.HOPE and online.rainn.org) in partnership with more than 1,100 local rape crisis centers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. The hotlines have helped more than 1.6 million people since 1994. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice. For more information about RAINN, please visit rainn.org.



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What are formal and informal ways to amend the Constitution?

Question by pandahb: What are formal and informal ways to amend the Constitution?
What are the formal methods for amending the Constitution? Whare are some informal ways that the meaning of the constitution can be changed? Give examples.

Best answer:

Answer by Andrew M
Formal method: ratification of a Constitutional Amendment by the Legislative Branch (2/3 majority in each house), then ratification by the states (3/4 of the states must ratify)


2/3 of the states can call for a Constitutional Convention, and then 3/4 of the states can approve an amendment, which bypasses the Legislature. This has never been done.

Informal method: This isn’t really amending the Constitution, because only the formal way does that, but if the makeup of the Supreme Court changes, or the SC decides that differences in society must be accounted for, the laws can be interpreted differently and be deemed “constitutional” in different ways by different courts, which, some would argue, has the same effect as amending the document itself.

What do you think? Answer below!

What are two ways the constitution allows our government to make decisions concerning individual rights?

Question by Young Quezy: What are two ways the constitution allows our government to make decisions concerning individual rights?
What are two ways the constitution allows our government to make decisions concerning individual rights?

Also, whats one situation where the United Sates government has suspended individual rights to protect the “common good”?

Give as much description as you can, thanks.

Best answer:

Answer by fredo
The Constitution gives Congress the ability to suspend habeas corpus (the doctrine saying you have a right to a hearing if you are being detained) in times of war or insurrection, effectively allowing Congress to decide that individual rights are outweighed by national security.

Also, the Constitution gives Congress the authority to enforce the 14th Amendment, which guarantees the same rights for all people. So they are allowed to make decisions regarding individual rights when it comes to making states give their citizens equal rights.

The government has suspended habeas corpus, once during the Civil War, once during Reconstruction, and again recently following 9-11.

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Q&A: How did the Massachusetts constitution differ in important ways from those of other states?

Question by mrsandmanlol: How did the Massachusetts constitution differ in important ways from those of other states?
The Massachusetts constitution differed in important ways from those of the other states. Describe these differences.

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Answer by snapshot =oozer
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Ways that the Constitution helps protect our rights?

Question by : Ways that the Constitution helps protect our rights?

Best answer:

Answer by Scott Evil
Well, the Constitution doesn’t actually protect anything, as it’s just a piece of paper. It is up to the American government to see to it that they’re actually enforced. If people choose to ignore it, then the Constitution is meaningless. A popular amendment in the Bill of Rights is the 4th one. That says that if the police ever search your things illegally, then nothing they find can be used against you.

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National Cyber Security Radio Re-Airs Show Topic: 5 Ways to Reduce Cyber-Bullying by 80%

National Cyber Security Radio Re-Airs Show Topic: 5 Ways to Reduce Cyber-Bullying by 80%

Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) October 25, 2010

National Cyber Security Radio, by LIGATT Security International (OTC: LGTT), an online computer security radio show, will re-air last week’s topic “How to Reduce Cyber-bullying by 80% Immediately” today at 3pm EST on http://www.NationalCyberSecurity.com.

During this week’s show, Host Gregory D. Evans will educate his listeners on the legalities and long lasting effects of cyber-bullying. According to StopCyberbullying.org, children have killed each other and committed suicide after having been involved in a cyber-bullying incident. Cyber-bullying is usually not a onetime communication, unless it involves a death threat or a credible threat of serious bodily harm.

“Cyber-bullying is an ongoing issue that needs to be addressed,” comments Evans. “I want my listeners to understand that cyber-bullies are cowards. The sad part about the Internet is people can portray to be whoever they want to be and hide behind a keyboard.”

Tune in every Monday from 3pm-5pm to listen to World Renowned Cyber Security Expert, Gregory Evans. For more information about Gregory Evans visit http://www.GregoryDEvans.com, or follow him on Twitter @GregoryDEvans. For more information about National Cyber Security visit http://www.NationalCyberSecurity.com, or follow them on Twitter @NCSbyLIGATT.

About National Cyber Security Radio

National Cyber Security Radio is the number one online computer security radio show specializing in reporting all aspects of cyber security news, in addition to, conducting live on air interviews with Internet security professionals and cyber crime victims. Our mission is to inform, educate, and entertain our listeners by providing them with factual stories and evidence.

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“How to Reduce Cyber-bullying by 80% Immediately”, will be moderated by Cyber Security Expert, Gregory D. Evans.


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