|RollerCon planners have teamed up with Hollaback!(LA), PAVE, the Las Vegas LBGTQ Center and the Gender Health Center to bring you SkateSafe. We have EMTs and staff to make sure you’re safe on the track – now we need your help to ensure that RollerCon attendees have a great – and safe – time boozing, sexin’ and enjoying off-track time, as well!|
First year – and returning! – RollerCon attendees get blown away at RollerCon. RollerCon is a great example of the size and friendly awesomeness of our community. But it isn’t all unicorns and rainbows. In 2010 there were three reported sexual assaults on skaters. Every year someone is taken down by the heat of Vegas alone. And do we even have to mention what the result of a night of drinking and then a morning on the track feels like? Let’s take care of each other on and off the track.
Can I help?
Absolutely! You can start by considering safe ways to play hard and party smart.
Risk Reduction: Reducing your risk while at Rollercon does not mean sitting in your room alone having no fun. Some ways to reduce your risk at Rollercon:
- Practice Pack Awareness. Never leave a friend alone (in the casino, on the street, on the way to their room), even if they are sober. You think roofies are just a joke? Well, they aren’t, and that friendly stranger might just be waiting for your friend to turn their head. Friends don’t let friends be out of play.
- Do not flash money around in the casino. You like money and so do other people. They are not all nice people, unfortunately.
- Protect your credit cards. Take advantage of free fraud updates from your provider, and let them know you’re traveling, as well. This article explains how easy it is for crooks to get your card info while its still in your wallet, and if you read to the end, says that making yourself a duct tape-and-foil sleeve is the best RFID protection they tried.
- Okay, we don’t wear a lot of clothes and its hot in Vegas. But be wary of flashing that hot ass around the casino. You’re probably safe in a group. But tourists aren’t the only ones noticing you. You are probably also being watched by Stranger Danger.
- Not every predator is a stranger – or male. We are a very big community and sadly, some people in it aren’t cool. You are going to make new friends. If you decide to fuck them, protect yourself from unwanted results (like herpes, for example). If you don’t want to fuck them, avoid situations (like a hotel room, alone) where you may have difficulty persuading them to take no for an answer.
- Please remember that the law states that if a person is really intoxicated they CAN NOT legally give their consent (no matter what they told you earlier at the Pants Off Dance Off) . Reduce your risk of being arrested and make sure you get consent from anyone you are going to get sexy with. It is just polite. Its also 100% mandatory, both legally and ethically.
- If you are a black-out drunk, make sure you hang with the mom in your league that is willing to tolerate and look after you.
- Hydrate. Drinking and dehydration isn’t just bad for your judgement, it can make you sick. Throw in a glass of water between each drink. Watch out for dehydration even if you aren’t drinking alcohol – Vegas is dry and hot and that can sneak up on you. If you find yourself thinking: “Its weird how much less I sweat here!” consider this: you probably are sweating, but perspiration evaporates from your body a lot faster in a hot, dry desert climate, speeding dehydration. Rehydrate.
- If you’re drinking a lot of water and still feel shitty and headachy, have a salty snack or something like Gatorade. It is possible to wash the salts out of your body, making it hard to rehydrate. Salt helps.
- Watch out for other skaters, even if you don’t know them. Not everyone is as smart as you & your friends. If you see something, say something. In 2011 a skater with the Juno Jr Derby stopped the sexual assault in action of an unconscious skater from another league after other people just walked by. Don’t get shown up by the Jr Derby – practice safe bystander intervention.
- The best advice: Travel in packs! Take care of each other!
Stop by our booth at RollerCon. We’ll have lots of information about how to keep ourselves and each other safe and aware. We’ll be giving away condoms and SafeKits with lube, Emergen-C and other party gear, plus local resources, cool shit from our sponsors, and a lot more. Stop by!\
Need help understanding consent? Here’s a super easy primer: