Safety Tips - Protecting Yourself from Sexual Assault
Students and employees can do much to protect themselves from crime. Many crimes occur only because there was an opportunity for them to happen. For example, most crimes of burglary and theft are random, not calculated. They occur because a residence door or window is left unsecured or because car doors were left unlocked. Locking doors and windows, securing valuables in your car trunk are methods of reducing temptation and opportunity which can result in a thwarted burglary or theft.
Personal protection is also important. When walking, plan the safest and most well lit route. Be aware of your surroundings including persons, places and things.
Select your date with caution
Have dates in public places
Use alcohol sparingly
Set your limits
Never leave functions or events with a stranger or someone you just met
Never walk alone after dark
Walk in well-lit areas only
Have car keys in hand when approaching your car
Keep car windows up and doors locked once inside
Check back seat and floorboard before getting in car
Park in well-lit areas
Never pick up hitchhikers
Raise hood if you have car trouble, then remain in your locked car
Ask a stopped motorist to call police for you
Don't stop to help stranded motorists
Always close and lock your door once you enter your house
Know who is at the door before opening it
Never give your address or phone number to a stranger
Be alert for suspicious people
Protective Measures Against Rape
Be assertive - Say "NO!" firmly
Make noise, scream or honk your car horn
Act crazy - threaten to throw up
Make every effort to get away
If all else fails, use physical resistance
Fight to survive, never give up
Report the crime to police immediately
Remain calm and try to remember the physical description of your attacker
Try to recall the circumstances as they happened, in chronological order
Seek medical help if injured or raped
Don't change clothes or wash clothes as they may contain crucial DNA evidence
Never bathe after a sexual assault
Don't disturb anything in the area where the assault or crime occurred
Remember, you can take steps to protect yourself from being the victim of a crime, educate yourself, protect yourself, and report all criminal activity or suspected criminal activity to the Campus Police or your local police department.
Contact the Campus Police for information on available educational programs that promote the awareness of rape, date rape, and other sex-related offenses.
Also visit: crimepreventiontips.org for more useful crime prevention tips.