Be safe and drink smart | Guest Column

by SHERIFF RON KREBS, STAND UP MEN’S RICHARD LOW and DVSAS DIRECTOR KIM BRYAN

Did you know that 80 percent of all sexual assault victims are under the age of 30 and that less than 30 percent of assaults are reported to the police? The majority of these assaults are alcohol or drug related.

This labor day weekend the “Stand Up Men” of San Juan Island Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services (DVSAS) is partnering with the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office to raise awareness and safety on our island.

Because we want you to drink smart and stay safe, special coasters are being handed out to participating local establishments to share with their patrons. These specially designed coasters have a test spot on them to detect the presence of date rape drugs. As you visit the following establishments this weekend, think before you drink!  Don’t leave your drink unattended, don’t let anyone handle your drink but you!

Be aware of the behavior of the people around you. If they act more intoxicated than they should be with the amount of alcohol consumed, then they might have ingested other drugs unknowingly. Ask for help. Don’t let friends leave with anyone if they appear too intoxicated to make a conscious decision. Say something and save someone a lifetime of pain.

Thank you to the following businesses for caring enough to be a part of this awareness campaign: Herbs Tavern, Mi Casita, Rumor Mill, Back Door Kitchen, China Pearl, Cask and Schooner and The Blue Water.

It is our sincere hope that through our efforts and your awareness, we can keep our island residents and guests safe this Labor Day.

If you or someone you know has been assaulted or believe you have been assaulted, contact DVSAS for a free confidential consultation at 378-2345 or DVSASsanjuans.org. Statistics taken from https://www.rainn.org/statistics.