Monthly Archives: May 2014

17-year-old Houston student found dead in hotel room after prom; alcohol, drugs also in the room

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Jacqueline Gomez was excited for her high school prom. But something went wrong. The 17-year-old’s body was found just before 11 a.m. Saturday, May 17 in a room at the Hyatt Hotel where MacArthur High School held its prom the night before. “The boyfriend stated to us they had been drinking alcohol prior to going to sleep,” news reports said. A detective told a TV news reporter they were also looking into whether prescription painkillers were involved. Continue reading

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UT-Austin takes steps to protect students from sexual assault; easy access to alcohol-infused fraternity parties one problem

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In 2010, 18-year-old Sarah Ellis was kidnapped and raped during Summer orientation at UT, a violent crime made possible by an unregulated, booze-filled fraternity party. While it may have been an isolated and extreme incident, and her assailant was not a student, it was the sort of crime that raises official alarms. “One in five women is sexually assaulted in college.” This stark statistic is the opening sentence of the new White House Task Force to Protect Students From Sexual Assault, released April 29 at a press conference in Washington. ” … fewer than 5% of the rapes or attempted rapes were reported to law enforcement, but … 9 in 10 of the women knew their assailants, and roughly two-thirds of the rapes took place off-campus.” Continue reading

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Most teens get alcohol without consent from an adult; starting a conversation with your teen can help them avoid risky behavior later

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“Two-thirds of teens ages 13 to 18 gain access to alcohol from their homes without consent from an adult.” With summer approaching, many adolescents find themselves unsupervised for longer periods of time. That unsupervised time can lead to dangerous consequences, but parents can help teens avoid those consequences by talking about the dangers of underage drinking, says the American Medical Association. Continue reading

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Alcohol-facilitated sexual assault of 13 year old female; 21 year old male arrested following party

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Sad case of alcohol-facilitated sexual assault … “The teen got on the bus and went with them to a party, where she drank lemonade mixed with alcohol, which made her vomit and black out, according to an arrest affidavit … The next thing she remembered was waking up in someone’s front yard the following morning.” David Anthony Maynez, 21, charged by APD with aggravated sexual assault of a child in connection with an incident that happened last July. Continue reading

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Students need to know how alcohol affects them, say UTPD spokesperson

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” … it is sad that one gets so intoxicated that they lose their friends and need assistance from strangers in getting home. If you are too intoxicated to stay with your friends or to make it home on your own, then how can you expect to make smart decisions or protect yourself?” says UTPD Officer W.R. Pieper. Continue reading

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