September is National Campus Safety Awareness Month, and we’re diving into ways you can reduce your risk of being a victim of a crime and how you can help look out for yourself and friends in social settings.
Reducing Your Risk
- Know your rights and your resources: Make sure you know your specific school’s abuse policy and how to make a report. Know the location of specific campus services, such as the police department and health clinic, and program these numbers into your phone for easy access.
- Be alert: Whether you’re on campus or in a social setting, be aware of your surroundings, and try to stay with at least one other person. When possible, arrange to walk to classes and campus activities with a friend. If you are alone, only use one earbud and make sure a trusted friend is aware of your schedule and location.
- Make a plan: If you’re going to a party or other social event, go with a trusted group of friends. Make a plan with each other to look out for one another (including watching drinks) and to leave together. If your plans change, be sure to tell your group and never leave a friend stranded.
- Lock up: Keep your windows and doors locked when you’re sleeping or gone. If the main door to your dorm building is being left open, alert campus security.
- Trust your gut: If a situation doesn’t feel right or someone is making you feel uncomfortable, trust your instincts. It’s okay to lie or make up an excuse to remove yourself safely from the situation.
If you or someone you care about is in abusive relationship or has been a victim of sexual violence, please call our 24-hour crisis line at 317.920.9320 to chat with an advocate about your situation and options.