March 13, 2008 – (Washington, DC) – RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), the nation’s largest anti-sexual assault organization, today released helpful safety tips for students traveling on spring break vacations. Being aware of possible risks is often the first step in staying safe, especially when in a new environment.
“College women are four times more likely to be sexually assaulted than any other age group. That's why it's so important that students are aware of possible risks, and know how and where to get help if they need it.
"College women are four times more likely to be sexually assaulted than any other age group,” said Scott Berkowitz, president & founder of RAINN. “That's why it's so important that students are aware of possible risks, and know how and where to get help if they need it – especially on spring break when increased exposure to strangers and new surroundings can amplify these risks.”
According to Berkowitz, there are some very basic steps students can take to maximize safety. Knowing how to identify and avoid potentially dangerous situations can help to reduce the risk of sexual assault, both during and after spring break.
Sexual assault is a crime of motive and opportunity. Unfortunately, there is no surefire way to prevent an attack. If you or someone you know is a victim of sexual assault, please know that the assault is not your fault and that you are not alone. Help is available through the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800.656.HOPE, and online at www.rainn.org.
For information and safety tips for students going abroad for spring break, please visit the U.S. State Department's website.
RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation’s largest anti-sexual assault 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 rainn.org) in partnership with over 1,100 local rape crisis centers across the country. The hotlines have helped more than 1.2 million people since 1994. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual assault, help victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice. For more information about RAINN, please visit rainn.org.