Safety Tips

5 Tips to Staying Safe on a College Campus

Screen Shot 2016-05-09 at 2.22.54 PMParties – Having fun is part of the college experience, but remember: Never put down your drink and come back to it later! Date rape drugs are prevalent on the college scene and are impossible to detect without a test kit. Go to parties as a group, watch out for each other, and leave together. (Never leave a girlfriend behind!) Alcohol is involved in the majority of university sexual assaults and a nice guy can quickly turn into a different and violent person when he is under the influence.

Screen Shot 2016-05-09 at 2.20.01 PMATMs and Parking Lots – Cash machines and parking lots are frequent stops for all of us. Unfortunately the bad guys see ATMs as hunting grounds. Ditto for dark parking lots, where a high percentage of campus assaults occur. Make a very-public ATM your cash source and avoid poorly lit or deserted parking lots. And bring a friend! There is safety in numbers.

Avoid parking next to vans. If one has parked next to you, find a security guard to escort you to your car.

Hall Cruising – A big trend in on-campus violence comes from hall cruising, where innocent-appearing predators gain access to dorms, sororities, or residence halls by trusting residents. They then cruise the halls looking for unlocked doors to find their victims. Put a stop to this type of violence by always locking your dorm room door and never giving strangers access to your building.

Screen Shot 2016-05-09 at 2.24.59 PMCampus Shuttle – Late night library or social visits are staples of college life. Coming home alone leaves you vulnerable to outsiders from every direction. Either walk with friends or take advantage of the campus shuttle when you are crossing campus at night.

View the movie: Just Yell Fire: Campus Life – The Just Yell Fire nonprofit, created by and for girls and young women, produced a film that anyone can watch online. You may view it by clicking here.

Just Yell Fire raises awareness of the many dangers girls face at college and offers some avoidance strategies. Also included is a Dating Bill of Rights to remind girls they have rights in relationships, e.g. to report violence against them, to have friends outside of a relationship… to help stop dating abuse. Finally, there are some street fighting getaway tips from expert martial artists that any girl can use to get away from someone twice their size. Take the time to learn more by watching the movie!