A few safety tips to keep in mind are:
Be aware of your surroundings - pay attention to who may be
walking near you or following you. If something or someone
makes you feel uncomfortable, go with your gut. Drive or move to a well
public location or a police station or call someone for
In acquaintance or dating situations, remain in public or group
settings until the person has earned your trust. Avoiding
being isolated with one person in a room or car reduces your risk of being assaulted.
Think carefully before leaving a party with someone you do not
know well. If you choose to leave, tell someone where you're
going and with whom.
Do not leave drinks unattended. Do not take any beverages, including
alcohol, from someone you do not know well and trust. Date
rape drugs can quickly be put into a drink without detection.
Do not allow yourself to become intoxicated, especially if you
are not well acquainted with those with whom you are drinking.
If you or a friend feel dizzy, confused or have other sudden,
unexplained symptoms after drinking a beverage, call a family
member, friend, the police, a doctor or 9-1-1 for help in getting to a hospital.
Set clear boundaries regarding
what is and is not acceptable behavior – do not allow yourself to be pressured into going
beyond those boundaries. If you feel pressured or strong
armed, clearly and loudly state that it is unacceptable and leave
When attending a party with a friend – set up between the two
of you a “signal” that you each can show if either
of you feel threatened or uncomfortable in an interaction with