October 14, 2008
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.
3. No iPod or ATM at night
By using your iPod, you have lost one of your most important senses – 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.
5. Notify the police from the hospital to file a report.
Don't be afraid to ask for help. Call (800) 656-HOPE for support and instruction on what to do.