Prevention Information Index:
Choosing not to drink is the best way to avoid problems with alcohol.
Did you know that most college students have 0-5 drinks per week?
Most college students choose not to binge drink.
UNDERSTAND THE RISK. It CAN happen to you. National
statistics show that students who binge drink are 2-5 times more likely to
experience problems from drinking, and twice as likely to die from injuries than
If you decide to drink,
- Plan your drinking. Think about how much you want to drink before
you drink. Remember that food, attitude, and the environment affect
your susceptibility to alcohol.
- Take care of yourself. Don't put yourself in a situation where other
people might have to take care of you, because they might not be there.
- Be aware that drinking games put you at risk for binge drinking, since
most games encourage drinking a lot in a short period of time.
- Don't ever force or pressure anyone to drink, or spike drinks. This
is rude, harmful, and could be fatal. Respect others' decision not to
KNOW WHAT TO DO IN AN ALCOHOL EMERGENCY
If you're with someone who has had too much to drink:
- Don't let the person drink more alcohol.
- Help the person avoid dangerous situations, such as driving, wandering
outside, and sexual encounters.
- If the person is unconscious, call "6444" on campus, if you are off
campus dial "911". Put the person on his/her side to prevent
choking if vomiting occurs.
Drinking too much alcohol can result in serious medical problems. Do
not allow the person to just "sleep it off". Seek medical
PREVENTION IS THE BEST PROTECTION AGAINST
What is personal safety? Taking steps to prevent yourself from becoming
a victim of a crime.
Many crimes can be prevented if you:
- Trust your instincts-if a situation or location doesn't "feel"
right, it probably isn't.
- Avoid dangerous situations.
- Observe and stay aware of activities around you.
SAFETY TIPS IN YOUR RESIDENCE HALL ROOM:
- Always lock your doors. Especially when inside sleeping and
- Use the peep hole. Make sure you know who is at the door before you
- Never leave your door open, even if leaving for a short amount of time.
- Always lock the bathroom door connecting the suite.
- Immediately report the loss or theft of room and/or mailbox keys to
- Report threatening or obscene phone calls immediately.
- If someone obviously does not belong in the hallway, lobby, etc. or if you
see suspicious behavior, call "6444".
- SAFETY WHILE WALKING:
- Never walk alone at night. Walk with a friend, or call Campus Safety at
"6444" anytime for a safety escort.
- Walk in well-lit areas at night, don't take shortcuts through bushes,
- Be alert and aware of your surroundings. Don't read or wear
- Walk confidently and with a purpose.
- Do not advertise that you are carrying money or wearing expensive jewelry.
- Occasionally alter the route that you walk to and from the same places.
- Avoid carrying too much--Keep your hands free.
- Have your keys to your vehicle or residence in your hand and ready to use.
Avoid searching through backpacks or purses.
- If you think you are being followed, change your direction of travel, go
to the nearest area where there are other people or call Campus Safety at
SAFETY ON THE STREET:
- Never hitchhike.
- Use caution when using an ATM machine.
- If you are carrying a purse or bag, carry it close to your body- carry no
more money or credit cards than necessary.
- Ask the person driving you home to wait until you are inside. Do the
same for other passengers.
SAFETY IN A CAR:
- When approaching a parked vehicle, be aware of suspicious activity or
- Always park in well-lit areas.
- Have your keys ready when approaching your vehicle.
- When operating your vehicle, keep the doors locked.
- Place valuables in the trunk or out of sight.
- When stopped at traffic lights or in traffic, allow space between you and
the vehicle in front of you.
- If someone approaches your vehicle and attempts to enter, blow your horn
to attract attention and drive away.
- Purchase a mobile phone- especially if you travel long distances or late
- Do not open your window if someone approaches your vehicle to ask for
directions, time, etc. Keep your doors locked.
- Do not stop for a stranded motorist. Go to the nearest phone and
call police for assistance. DO NOT PICK UP HITCHHIKERS.
- If your vehicle becomes disabled, do not get out of the vehicle. Use
a sign to request help, or ask someone who stops to call for help.
- Never let your gas fall below 1/4 tank.
- Carry emergency items in your vehicle, e.g. flashlight, fix-a-flat, map,
warm clothes, fire extinguisher, first aid kit, empty gas can, mobile phone.
- If you are driving somewhere unfamiliar, plan your route and check the map
before you start out.
SAFETY IN A BUILDING:
- Avoid isolated corridors or hallways.
- Be extra careful in stairwells and isolated restrooms.
- Avoid entering an elevator which is occupied by only one other person who
is a stranger.
- In an elevator, stand near the controls and locate the emergency button.
- If you are assaulted while in the elevator, hit the emergency button or
alarm button, and press as many floor buttons as possible.
REPORTING SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY:
If you are reporting a suspicious person(s) or activity to
the Department of Campus Safety, be prepared to give the following information.
Be as specific as possible, and stay on the phone until the dispatcher indicates
that you can hang up.
- Number of individuals
- Description of individual(s)
- License number and direction of travel
- Whether or not any weapons are involved
Suspicious activity can be reported to Campus Safety by dialing "6444" on any
One out of four women will be sexually assaulted in her lifetime.
How do you avoid becoming a shattered statistic? Unfortunately,
there are no foolproof methods to counter sexual assault. But there are
precautionary measures that can significantly reduce your chances of attack.
Help yourself and others develop a sixth sense about rape awareness.
It's the best weapon you have.
AT HOME ALWAYS...
- Lock your doors and use the peep hole.
- Pull curtains at night.
- Ask service and delivery men for required identification. If you
have doubts, check their company, or call the police.
- Hang up immediately on obscene phone calls.
- Know your neighbors. Watch for strangers in the area.
AT HOME NEVER...
- Open your door to strangers or admit them inside. If they need
assistance, offer to make phone calls for them.
- Leave doors or windows unlocked.
- Hide a key outside.
- Leave notes about your whereabouts or you planned return.
- Reveal to telephone callers that you are alone, or give out personal
information. Call out to an imaginary person.
- Enter an elevator occupied by an unknown man. Wait for the next
elevator. If you're on the elevator and an unknown man enters, stand
by the control panel, then leave.
Most people imagine a rapist as a stranger waiting behind bushes. But
most often, rape victims are raped by someone they know. Regardless
of who the rapist is, rape is a crime. It is a violent act that can cause
great emotional and physical damage.
What is Date Rape?
Date rape, or acquaintance rape, is when someone you know forces you to have
sex. Date rape is very serious, and it's common. It has nothing to
do with love or a healthy sexual relationship-- It's a violent crime.
Why does date rape happen?
- Sex Role Stereotypes. Many people believe that men should be
competitive and aggressive, and women yielding and passive.
- Mixed Messages. Date rape can occur when a man, thinking a woman is
"playing hard to get" believes she really means "yes"
when she says "no." Mixed messages may be communicated
verbally or through body language.
- Poor communication. The potential for date rape exists when two
people do not have a clear understanding of each other's sexual intentions
- Learned violence. Violence is often seen as an acceptable way to
solve problems, so some men feel it is okay to use force to get what they
want from a woman.
KNOW YOUR SEXUAL RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Women should know.. you have the right to
- dress as you please
- agree to have sex with someone and then change your mind at any time.
- be treated with respect at all times.
You have the responsibility to
- talk openly and honestly about your sexual expectations, wishes and
- assert yourself by standing up for your rights
- take an equal role in your relationships with men
- reject sexual stereotypes that define women as passive, weak, and
Men should know.. you do not have the right to pressure or force a woman to
have sex, even if
- you paid for her dinner or a night out
- you've had sex with her before
- she agrees to have sex with you, then changes her mind
- she dresses provocatively, flirts, or "comes on" to you
- you met her at a bar or picked her up hitchhiking
- you think women enjoy being forced to have sex or want to be persuaded.
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