The Realities of Sexual Assault on Campus

April 21, 2017

You can reduce the risk of becoming a sexual assault victim in a number of ways. See if your college offers any courses of self-defense and undertake them. If there is nothing available on your campus, choose a martial art studio nearby. Remember that by taking such simple actions as running, hiding, struggling or weaponless attacking the assailant decrease the risk of rape by 80%.

BASIC SAFETY GUIDELINES

Consider some of these guidelines to prevent attacks:

  • Know your alcohol limits. More than 50% of sexual assaults committed against college students are done when the victim is intoxicated. Remember that too much alcohol makes you more vulnerable and inhibits your physical activity. The advice is simple: just drink less.
  • Watch your drinks. You always have to know that nothing has been added to your drink. Take it with you everywhere and do not accept drinks offered by someone else.
  • Trust your gut. Leave a person or location if you have a bad feeling about the situation. Try to draw the attention of the public, be loud, go to a building or lighted area, join the crowd.
  • Stick with your friends. Watch each other’s safety and make sure that all of you come back home safe and sound. If you go somewhere alone, always tell someone where you are going.

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ASSAULT PREVENTION IN RELATIONSHIPS

Very often, the person who commits the assault is the victim’s friend. Therefore, you need to be attentive and notice in time that your relationship becomes abusing. If your partner’s or friend’s behavior becomes controlling or abusing, if he/she threatens you in any way, it is time to address this issue and get help. Use the following tips if you experience any type of abuse in your relationship:

  • Contact a support line. Many of them, such as Love Is Respect and National Domestic Abuse Hotline are reachable 24/7 over the phone. They will help you to figure out what to do
  • Do not blame yourself. You are not trapped and it is not your fault that your partner is abusive. Remember that, when you seek help.
  • Know your safe places. You need to know where you can go to get help. It can be your campus counseling center, your friend’s room, or hall staff office.
  • Document your communications. However emotionally painful it can be, you need to save the threatening messages, emails, and other communications that confirm your point and prove the offender’s guilt.
  • Get counseling. Contact your campus counselor, or at least talk to your professor, residence advisor, or academic advisor to get assistance.
  • Call the police. Do not hesitate to do it in any critical situation, especially when you are threatened physically.

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