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Six Girls Raped Over Spring Break ... So Far

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Crime accelerates the first week of spring vacation.

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In what could be called every parent's worst nightmare, a string of rapes has occurred in the span of one week in Daytona Beach, Fla. -- during the first week of spring break.

While the details are fuzzy, cops say that drug- or alcohol-use was involved, and three of the victims were unconscious when assaulted.

Only one arrest has been made. Daytona Beach Police Chief Mike Chitwood told the Orlando Sentinel, "I can't tell you how many of these incidents aren't reported." According to Chitwood, a big reason many women hesitate to come forward and report the crimes is because they don't want their parents to find out.

The good news is that officials are beginning to crack down on illegal behavior such as violence and public urination (yes, seriously) by installing extra garbage cans and public toilets on beaches, along with video surveillance equipment.

Recently, the U.S. government issued a warning regarding teens traveling to Mexico, urging them to be careful when near the border due to tensions between the U.S. and the Mexican drug cartels.

Given all we know about spring break today, is it wise to allow your kid to go?

Tell us: Would you let your kid go away for spring break? How do you prepare them to stay safe?

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6 comments so far | Post a comment now
angela morris March 27, 2010, 9:41 PM

i am faced with that question this year. my daughter turned 18 last november so legally i can’t do anything. but the way i look at it if she is living in my home she is going to do what i say! my daughter graduates this year and her boyfriend and some of his friends want to go to florida after graduation. she asked me if i was going to let her go and i told her no! the two of them are so naive when it comes to trusting people or knowing how to deal with a situation if something were to come up. i get worried when they travel to the next city because we live in a relativly small town and the next city is alot larger with 8 or 10 malls that they like to go to. i keep telling her that people are the craziest i have ever seen in my lifetime and they will kill you over a 20 dollar crack rock!!i told them i was planning to go to the beach the last week in june and she could save her money and go with us and her boyfriend could go too! she can take it or leave it.

Anonymous March 29, 2010, 4:23 PM

I think you handled it perfectly! Kids do not need to be going down to spring break without their parents. Just because they’re 18 doesn’t mean they won’t make life changing mistakes. Their decision making is very short term based on how much fun or excitement they can have at the moment, and not exactly the consequences that their action might hold. You giving her the option to wait a month or two to go on vacation, with her boyfriend still but you being there is a great idea! Because letting her boyfriend go is still a lenient decision. And I hope she realizes that! Don’t give in just because other mom’s are. You want your daughters life to begin and not end with unknown consequences that might happen if she were to go without you.

Greg May 1, 2010, 2:36 PM

This is very foolish advice, you need to let them get out there and enjoy the world. Yes they will make mistakes, but they won’t learn otherwise… You are only storing up trouble later down the line.

Brenna Marumoto July 31, 2010, 7:47 AM

Hi there, anyway, thanks for the info!

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