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Where is poster for perpetrators?

Alissa Widman Neese • Aug 25, 2014 at 1:30 PM

If I venture to Put-in-Bay, it isn't for the same reasons as most people. I'm working.

When I entered the Put-in-Bay Police Department recently to gather police reports, I noticed a new poster hanging next to its service window. It's clearly geared toward the island's typical patrons.

It depicts a woman seated at a bar, with an ominous man slipping some sort of drug into her drink, and it reads "Don't Turn Your Back — ACT!"

The Ohio Department of Public Safety distributed the signs to encourage bystander intervention.

It's not news to most local people that Put-in-Bay has experienced a slew of issues with drugged alcoholic drinks this summer, which primarily affect women.

The poster's message, although important, is hardly news to those women. As I stood in the department, I couldn't help but think something was missing.

Where is the poster telling men — or whoever is allegedly drugging individuals in Put-in-Bay — to stop distributing drugs?

If officials are going to advocate individuals protecting themselves from a potential problem, perhaps they should also acknowledge the source of the problem is at fault. The victim or careless bystander is not to blame.

Unfortunately, that message isn't syndicated too often. 

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