Personal safety tips
Protect yourself against crimes of a sexual nature.
Sex-role stereotypes of passivity, projection of submission and
coyness are dangerous and can create a climate for sexual
aggression. "Say No!" When you mean no. Acquaintance rape can
result from ineffective communication. Believe in your right to
express your feelings and learn how to do so assertively. Beware of
stereotypes that prevent you from self-expression, such as "anger
is unfeminine," "being passive is feminine". Beware of specific
situations where you do not feel relaxed and in charge. Society has
conditioned men and women to send strong nonverbal messages about
their sexuality. Often these unthinking and unintentional messages
contradict their words and contribute to sexual assault. You need
to be conscious of signals you send with your posture, clothes,
tone of voice, gestures and eye contact. Become responsible for
your unspoken un-communication.
What kind of resistance can and should a woman use against a
rapist? There is no simple solution to escape rape. You should be
aware that should you carry a weapon of any sort, you are taking
the chance that it could be used against you. Some mace and pepper
spray products are detrimental to you when downwind. It will have
the same effect on you as it will on the perpetrator! - Think. Try
not to panic. The rapist will expect you to panic, plead, and
submit. "At all times," if you receive an opportunity to escape,
If you are being attacked and abduction is attempted, "early
escape attempts" may actually increase your odds of survival. If
the incident occurs in the vicinity of other individuals, you can
kick, bite, scream, and draw attention to your situation before you
are dragged off into a vehicle or into a secluded area. Isolation,
seclusion, and the longer amount of time you spend with an abductor
the more survival odds may decrease. If someone's going to harm you
force them to do it in an area early on where you may attract
witnesses or help. Most women escape a rapist by talking their way
out of it - few escape by fighting. Some women have prevented rape
by telling the abductor they have AIDS.
What to do if you have been sexually
- Go to a safe place if needed.
- If you are injured, seek medical attention immediately.
- Report the assault to the police at 911 or Public Safety
- Do not shower, bathe, or douche. Do not change clothes or
disturb anything in the area where the assault took place. Preserve
the physical evidence.
- Call a friend or family member to be with you.
Other helpful resources
|Your Resident Assistant or Sophomore Adviser
|Director of Residence Life
extension 8230 or 8439 OR 812-236-0157 OR 812-236-0157
|Residence Life Assistants
||extension 6406, 6209 or 6611
|Office of Student Affairs
||extension 8210 or 8257
|Student Health Services
||extension 8167 or 8367
|Student Counseling Services
Be aware while walking.
Walk with others after dark. Avoid alleys, short cuts, and
vacant lots. Vary your route by not establishing a travel pattern
when walking. Notice cars that pull up beside you or pass you more
than once. Listen for footsteps or voices while walking. If you are
being followed, stay in a lighted area and seek safety in a public
Be aware while driving your car.
Have your keys in your hand as you approach the car. Your keys
make an excellent weapon for stabbing the face and eyes of your
attacker. Keep windows up and doors locked at all times. Check the
back seat and floor before entering. Park in well-lit crowded
areas. At night don't go to your car alone if you can avoid it. If
you suspect your car is being followed, drive into a busy, well lit
business establishment and call for police. Always make sure you
have enough gas.
Be aware at home.
Have your keys in your hand when you leave your car to go into
your home. If something or someone appears strange, drive on by,
and call home or go to a neighbor or friends. Have good lighting on
around entrances for your return. When you enter, close and lock
the door immediately. Be sensible with your keys. Don't leave them
outside or in hiding places. Never loan you keys to anyone. Keep
doors and windows locked at all times with dead bolt locks, even
when you are home; many rapes occur in the woman's own home. Know
your neighbors and know which ones you can trust in an emergency.
Know who is at the door before opening it. Demand identifications
from anyone you don't know, especially sales and repair persons. If
a stranger requests to use your telephone to call for help, offer
to place the call for yourself rather than inviting him/her into
Crime prevention tips
This section will be updated periodically to cover different
topics. Currently we offer the following tips on the prevention of
Student and non-student victimization in contrast to book theft
from libraries can be pretty much routine on a college campus.
Students aren't the only victims of book theft on campus. Faculty
victims can also be excellent sources for healthy returns in stolen
book sales. Textbook theft is a crime of opportunity and we can
make it very easy for the perpetrator to commit the crime of book
theft. We have to discipline ourselves by being personally
accountable and personally responsible in placing security
precautions on all of our personal property including our
Unfortunately, once we are victimized in a crime of book theft
it is very difficult to reclaim or ensure that our books will be
returned unless we've taken precautions to enable that to happen.
Stolen books are at times very easy to sell to a used book buyer.
At times a used book buyer may be approved by a campus bookstore to
operate on a college campus, and many book buyers make the effort
to operate legitimately. Others are permitted to set up at
convenient locations near a campus to make book purchases. Book
buyers can also operate as street vendors while making transactions
out of tents or vehicles at adjacent off campus locations. A
success factor for the book thief is that book-buying guidelines
are at times terribly lacking in control and virtually without
effort to protect or assist victims of book theft.
Follow these guidelines to help ensure that your books
- Never leave books unattended.
- A used textbook is a used textbook. You're not going to hurt
its value by identifying it with your name and an identification
number. Do not use your social security number; consider the month,
day, and year of your birth. Mark the book after you decide to keep
it. Place the number on the same page number of all of your
- Inventory them by title, author and edition.
- Include the cost, and place of purchase of the book.
- Report book theft to Public Safety immediately.
- Never leave book bags unattended and mark them inside and
- Remove items from unattended vehicle passenger