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Safety Tips

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 lighted public location or a police station or call someone for help.

  • 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 the area.

  • 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 someone.