Staying Safe at College
I wanted to put this in here because school is about to begin again. Our kids need to know how to stay safe whether they are male or female. Our kids are living in a world that has danger around every corner and temptations that lead them astray. My son finished college a couple years ago and, I like many other parents, also worried about his safety. I think we can give our kids the information that could even save their lives or the lives of others. No parent wants to worry all the time when their kids go to school but this world is pretty darn evil any more. We keep them safe growing up and tell them of the evil out there and to choose their friends wisely and things that can help keep them safe. But we can’t be everywhere no matter how much we would like to be. We tell them about strangers, drugs, alcohol and sex and many other things and we pray a lot that they will go down the right path. We also pray that they won’t fall into dangers that they didn’t cause either. People are cruel anymore and many just don’t care if they stomp on you or not.
Staying Safe at College
Thomas Kane is the president of The College Safety Zone and author of the book, Protect Yourself at College. He shares the top five tips every student should know to stay safe on campus, and what to do if you’ve been sexually assaulted.
Top Five Safety Tips
1. Never walk alone
Try to get in the habit of walking with someone wherever you go. Never, ever walk alone at night! Plan before you go out for the evening. Who is going to walk with you to your event? Who is going to walk home with you from your event? There is safety in numbers. By walking with someone else, you significantly reduce the chances of being hurt.
2. Limit alcohol
It is imperative to drink in moderation. Have a plan before you go out. Limit the number of drinks you consume. Plan how you intend on returning home before you leave for the evening. Ask someone to keep an eye on you for the night, and you can do the same for her. (NEVER, EVER, EVER DRINK AND DRIVE. ALWAYS AND I MEAN ALWAYS HAVE A DESIGNATED DRIVERâ¦AND NEVER TAKE A WEAPON ANYWHERE YOU GO)
3. No iPod or ATM at night
By using your iPod, you have lost one of your most important senses â your hearing. Since your eyesight is limited during evening hours, you make yourself more vulnerable if you use your iPod. If you do use it, just put in one ear bud. Get in the habit of using your ATM during daylight hours. Make sure any ATM you use is in a well-lit area. Never use an ATM located at the rear of a bank. Never count your money while you’re standing near the ATM. Be alert of who is around you at all times.
4. Change your route and your routine
When walking on campus, get in the habit of taking a different route once or twice a week. Switch your routine. Do not become predictable! If you ever think you are being followed, cross the street and change direction. Find an open store or an area where people are gathered. Do not be afraid to ask for help. Know where campus security phones are located.
5. Give someone your schedule
Communication is key! Give your roommate your schedule, and you should get theirs. Get in the habit of writing down your schedule and leaving it in the same place in your room. Whether going to class, over to a friend’s apartment, out for the evening or going to lunch in the cafeteria, make it a habit to leave your schedule with an estimated time you’ll return home. (use one of the dry erase markers with what you are doingâ¦EACH AND EVERY TIME YOU LEAVE YOUR DORM OR APT.
Five Steps if You’ve Been Sexually Assaulted
1. Do not bathe or change clothes after the assault, because this can wash away evidence. (You might feel dirty and want to wash the person off but the best thing you can do is help get them caught. Please don’t wash any of your clothesâ¦OR YOU UNTIL YOU GET CHECKED)
2. Get to a hospital immediately.
3. Ask medical personnel to use a rape kit. The rape kit is very important because it offers biological and as well as physical evidence of sexual assault.
4. Ask for a urine and drug test. If there is a date rape drug that was ingested or consumed somehow, there’s a small 12- to 24-hour period when it can be detected.
5. Notify the police from the hospital to file a report.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Call 911, your College Campus Police
This is your life. It can be tough and there are so many people out there that want to hurt others. Your safety is paramount. Be careful and report suspicious people. You only have one lifeâ¦be careful, be safe, and call your parents so they always know you are safe and what you are doing. (Yeahâ¦your parents. They raised you and loved you and it is not easy for them to always let go.)