Be aware of your surroundings. Knowing where you are and who is around you may help you to find a way to get out. Know where the locations of campus emergency are and be conscious of exits or other escape routes. Also, think about options for transportation (car, bus, train, etc.)
Avoid secluded places where you could be vulnerable and where it is more difficult to get help if no one is around. This would include: stairways, laundry rooms, basement, dark places, offices after business hours, etc.) If you do walk or jog alone, carry a whistle just in case.
Avoid bad situations. If at a party, be aware of rape drugs and don’t leave your drink unattended. Avoid giving personal information out and instead take his/her number.
Trust your instincts. If a situation or location feels unsafe or uncomfortable, leave the situation and go to a safe place.
Be assertive. Never let anyone violate your space.
Be protective. Make sure your phone is with you and fully charged. Do not load yourself down with packages or bags to make yourself appear more vulnerable. Avoid putting music headphones in both ears so you can be more aware of your surroundings. If you go on a date with someone new make sure a friend knows. If in your dorm, lock the doors and windows. Be prepared for any situation.
Buddy System. Try to walk around campus with a partner or group. If you go out to a party or bar check on each other and have signs to make sure everyone is okay. For example, a simple check in of a thumbs up or thumbs down.
Stay in control of yourself and your objects. When drinking, stop when you’ve had enough. Say “yes” when you mean yes; say “no” when you mean no. Be aware of alcohol and drugs. Know your sexual desires and limits.
Practice self- defense. Taking classes would give you knowledge in advance about how to respond and increase your chances of escape. There are many classes often available for free or low cost through schools and community context.
Report. If you see any suspicious activity, people, or vehicles report it to campus safety. Do not approach any dangerous or suspicious situations yourself. The campus safety is to decide and handle if it is a threat. Always use the resources that your campus offers (sexual assault services, psychological services, health services, campus safety, etc.)