Sexual assault is a sensitive topic that isn’t 100 percent preventable but there are measures you can take to avoid it.
There are many statistics that get thrown around when it comes to sexual assault on college campuses. Because this data comes from various sources it is hard to say which is most accurate. Whether it’s one in every five or three of every 10, sexual assault is a serious epidemic that is prevalent in our society.
The Marketing Communications Office at Sam Houston State University is in the process of producing their own PSA which has drawn in a diverse group of individuals in support of their effort to advocate against sexual assault and to spread awareness of Title IX.
As a female student, or even as a female in general, I want the luxury of being able to go through my day without the fear of some perverted predator lurking in my shadow waiting to attack me. Sexual assault is a crime of motive and in the majority of cases are committed by someone known to the victim. While sadly there is no surefire way to prevent sexual assault, there are many things you can do to help reduce your risks of being assaulted.
Be Aware of Your Surroundings
Almost everyone on college campuses enjoys having a good time, but this doesn’t mean you should put yourself in harm’s way to do so. Traveling alone, and especially at night, increases your risk of possibly running into a dangerous situation. So if you have no other option but to travel alone, make sure your phone is easily accessible and that you don’t have your earphones in. Also investing in a whistle or pepper spray is always a good idea. If you don’t feel comfortable walking alone, utilizing the UPD escort service is easy and free.
Avoid Excessive Use of Alcohol and Drugs
Alcohol and drugs interfere with clear thinking and effective communication so if you are going to drink do so responsibly. Make sure you have a trusted designated driver and are drinking with people who you know will keep you safe.
Don’t Fear Your Own Voice
Peer pressure is real and I know because I have experienced it first-hand. If you are not comfortable doing something always keep the upper hand and speak up, tell that person NO! If they continue to pressure you try and remove yourself as quickly and safely as possible.
Speak UP and Speak OUT
As I mentioned before sexual assault is not 100 percent avoidable and is a very sensitive topic that many people face but few are brave enough to speak out about, but if it has happened to you tell someone. Speak out against it and help prevent it from happening again.