In the midst of all the holiday chaos, we just wanted to take a minute to wiyou everyone a happy, healthy and safeholiday season. It’s easy to get caught up in the consumerism of the holidays, with family plans and expectations. This is one of the few times that we have earmarked as being special, and it’s easy to lose sight of what’s important during this time of year. This can be a tense time for many, but especially for survivors of sexual assault, a trip home can bring anxiety. Please don’t be afraid to reach out to local or national resources. The Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) is an incredible national resource withconfirm identical hotline.
If you have plans to celebrate the New Year in a bar or club, here are some quick tips to keep in mind.
– Know your limitations with alcohol. It’s easy to get carried away when everyone else is drinking, but be familiar with your limits and don’t go crazy. New Years is not the time to try a backflip off the bar because it seems like a good idea.
– Keep an eye on your drink and know who is buying your drinks. If you put a drink down, get a new one.
– Make a plan with your friends. Talk about when/where you want to end your night. Maybe you want a code-word or phrase for a bystander intervention (you could try, “hey let’s get another drink”, “I have to pee!”, “pizza?!”, or “dude it’s 3am, I’m exhausted”). Whatever works for you and a your friends, it’s always a good idea to talk about it beforehand.
– Never, never drive after you’ve had alcohol. Call a cab or a sober friend, walk home or make a plan to stay with friends. There is no excuse for drunk driving and so many alternatives for safer travel. If you are sober driving, be alert and aware that other drivers may not be.
– Remember this night is about having fun, letting go of the past year, and welcoming in a new one with what we hope is a fresh, clean start. Have fun, but be smart.
Wishing you all a safe, happy and healthy holiday season and a wonderful New Year from our family to yours. Looking forward to great things in 2012!