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the student’s options are, whether or not it would be worthwhile for him or her to report to the local authorities. We want to encourage reporting, because we want communities to recognize these crimes; but we understand that there are some locales where that would not be a positive experience for the student.”

As in any other endeavor, developing a high-quality sexual health awareness program takes time and requires constant— retooling to keep the information up-to-date and appropriate to changing circumstances. Keeping an eye on evolving best practices, participating in webinars and workshops sponsored by NAFSA and other organizations, and consulting with colleagues are all ways to ensure that students are receiving the best information available. “We always tell students, ‘Don’t be out late, don’t walk alone, be careful who you make friends with, don’t accept a drink from a stranger: then if they do any of these things and they end up being assaulted, that contributes to their feeling like it’s their fault,” Friend says. “The question is, how do we promote best practices for students to safeguard their health and safety that are realistic; that are meaningful; and that don’t end up making them feel guilty if they end up becoming the victim of a crime?”

Educating Ourselves to Educate Students
“One of the biggest pitfalls that well-meaning people can make when dealing with a survivor of sexual assault is to somehow communicate to the survivor that what happened is their fault,” says Ball. “This can be obvious, or it could be more insidious: for example, in the orientation just covering all the things you can do to keep yourself safe, but never talking about how rape is never the victim’s fault: that you always deserve support, you always deserve to be respected no matter where you are in the world.”

OSAC: An Invaluable Resource for Responding to Overseas Emergencies: OSAC is a federal advisory committee responsible for promoting security cooperation between private sector interests worldwide and the U.S. State Department. Membership is free. Visit www.osac.gov/pages/AboutUs.aspx

JANET HULSTRAND is a writer, editor, and teacher of literature and writing based
in Silver Spring, Maryland. She has created and taught study abroad courses in Paris, Florence, Honolulu, and Havana, as well as faculty and staff development workshops for education abroad programs for Queens College, CUNY. Her most recent International Educator article was “Curriculum Integration: It’s a Marathon, Not a Sprint” in the September/October 2012 issue.

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Resources for U.S. Citizens Traveling Abroad
The U.S. Department of State encourages students to be well-informed before they travel overseas. One of the best ways to do that is to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), a free service for U.S. citizens who are traveling to or living in a foreign country. http://step.state.gov. Students who enroll receive up-todate reports on possible risks and security threats so that they can make informed decisions about their travel plans and activities. Study abroad administrators and faculty can also encourage students to visit the State Department’s student-friendly website, www.studentsabroad.state.gov, which provides useful safety and travel information, with information covering everything from absentee voting to assistance for victims of crime. The State Department advises all travelers to learn as much as they can about local laws and customs when traveling. “For example, public displays of affection in certain locations are not

only frowned upon, but can provoke negative reactions from the local population. LGBT travelers should research tourist sites and accommodations that are LGBT-friendly,” says John Hanna from the Office of Overseas Citizen Services at the U.S. Department of State. “Victims of sexual assault are urged to seek medical assistance immediately,” Hanna advises. “They should also contact the local U.S. embassy or consulate: embassy and consulate staffers are familiar with local resources and can provide assistance and guidance to victims of crime on a 24/7 basis.” Study abroad program administrators can contact the loStudy abroad program leaders and administrators can call 1-888-407-4747 (1-202-501-4444 when outside the United States) to speak to the American Citizens Services country officer.
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cal U.S. embassy or consulate to receive an in-country briefing.

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http://www.osac.gov/pages/AboutUs.aspx http://step.state.gov http://www.studentsabroad.state.gov

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