Advice I Give My Friends That I Should Listen To: Safety Edition

  • Person is passed out or semi-conscious and cannot be awakened — even if you shake them and they groan/make some kind of noise, that DOES NOT mean that they are conscious
  • Gets sick and does not wake up
  • Person vomits while sleeping or passed out and does not wake up — remember, alcohol inhibits the involuntary systems in your body. If you were sober and felt like you were going to throw up and you were sleeping, your body would involuntarily wake you up — when you are highly intoxicated this reaction will slow down or not occur, causing someone who is sleeping to not wake up while vomiting, risking swallowing/choking on vomit
  • Slow breathing
  • Rate of breathing seems slow or irregular — alcohol slows down different systems, including respiratory
  • Cold, clammy, or altered skin
  • Person has cold, clammy, or pale or bluish skin color — lips, in specific, can resemble a bluish tint, blood goes to the heart to make sure it continues to function, leaving outer organs, like skin, which makes skin cold and/or clammy
  • Provide accurate information such as location, condition of the individual, name, etc.
  • Gather information about the amount of alcohol consumed by the individual to share with the emergency services personnel
  • Stay with the person/friend until help arrives
  • If you are an individual who is uncomfortable around police officers or your safety could be put at risk, delegate. Ask a friend or someone else to stay with the individual until help arrives. Calling for help is a big enough action that could be life changing. Help within your safety range.
  • 85% of victims of physical relationship abuse are women
  • Women ages 20–24 are at the greatest risk of nonfatal relationship abuse
  • 20–30% of college dating couples experience at least one act of physical aggression
  • 70–90% of college dating couples experience psychological aggression
  • Most men don’t rape, the few that do commit multiple rapes as well as other assaults
  • The majority of perpetrators in our community are not caught
  • Most (73%) of sexual assaults are perpetrated by a non-stranger
  • The majority of people tell the truth about rape. Only 2–10% are false reports

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