Like many parents, I choked up this morning when I heard that a student at Acadia University died yesterday as a result of Frosh week activities. I dropped my daughter off for her first year of University on Labour Day weekend, so I have been worried all week about the parties.
The Don’t Be That Guy posters that CPO produced in partnership with the Ottawa Police Service, the Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre and OCTEVAW have been a big hit on campus with both U of O and Carleton putting them all over their residences. Their stark messages about alcohol and sexual assault seem to have struck a cord.
But maybe we need to be considering what more can be done.
The binge drinking culture on college and university campuses is far more dangerous than young people realize. We have come a long way on improving the drinking and driving problem, but there is still much to be done on that and on alcohol related assaults, sexual assaults, falls and poisoning.
Any great ideas?