Sexual assault can happen to anyone wherever they are. But if there’s a place where sexual assault is rampant, college campuses are on top of the list.
As a victim, no one can prevent sexual violation; the blame lies solely on the perpetrator. However, you can do things to stay safe around people who could possibly violate you sexually.
Be Cautious with Your ‘Friends’
College life involves the excitement of meeting new friends from all walks of life. For many, it will be where they meet lovers and future life partners. However, it’s important to remain vigilant, especially when meeting new people. Know who you are going out with. If you can’t trust them yet, set up contingencies to keep yourself safe. Remember that you don’t have to go anywhere or do anything you don’t want to do. You are free to walk away from people who make you feel uncomfortable or unsafe.
Attend Parties with a Trusted Friend
Going to celebrations with a group of friends is always better than attending alone. Aside from the added rowdiness is fun, this is also much safer. Come to the party with your friends and leave together. If the party is organized by an acquaintance, it’s better to stay together throughout the evening. Check in and touch base with each other occasionally.
Meet New People in Public
College is all about going on casual dates with people you have just met. If you are dating or meeting someone new, make sure to do it in a public place and stay in well-lit areas. Again, you can create contingencies to get out of the meetup early if you feel uncomfortable.
Trust Your Gut
A woman’s instinct is often right. If you are already uncomfortable with someone in any place or situation, leave as soon as you can. There’s nothing wrong with saying no if your safety is compromised. If you are involved in an unfortunate incident, you should know where to hire a personal injury lawyer.
Keep an Eye on Your Drink
Most college students know their limits when it comes to drinking. However, that doesn’t mean every trip to the bar will remain safe and fun at all times. Perpetrators have devised several ways to put drugs in drinks within a split second. So if you are drinking in a public place, don’t leave your drinks unattended.
Be Aware of Your Surroundings
You should not use your phone or put on headphones while walking alone, especially at night. Your phone and music could distract you from your surroundings, making you an easy victim. Be aware of your path and avoid walking alone in unlit areas.
If you live alone in an apartment or dorm room, always go out with a fully charged phone. Keep the numbers of people you trust and the nearest police station to help you in case of emergency. Also equip yourself with a personal alarm and do not remove it from your bag. Place it in a pocket or hang it where it’s easily found.
The world is no longer a safe place. Millions of people become victims to perpetrators of sexual assault. When you go out, never think that you are being paranoid. It’s better to be safe than sorry, after all. Sexual assault is a serious offense that deserve legal punishment.
If you are victim of sexual assault, you need a lawyer you can trust. Zukerberg and Halperin are top rated personal injury attorneys in DC. Contact us for a consultation about your situation as soon as possible.