Yet another school year is ahead of us, with many college applications made every day and many hopes and dreams to be soon realized. The Regular Report and the Regular Reporter team are here to tip the new up and coming college graduates on how to stay safe during their college years.
In fact, this time of year could be one of the most dangerous time for female college students. According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, more than 50% of college sexual assaults take place between August and November. With most victims of sexual violence never file a report, women aged between 18 to 24 are the usual targets.
This is due to the fact that most teens are trying to establish themselves as independent adults. But it is their first time doing this, they often break rules and are thrown often into social situations. However, many of the victims have stepped up their assault prevention, but it is not enough, because the policies are more focused on how women can avoid rape, and less on discouraging men from committing violence.
“Sexual assault is normally perpetrated by those who gain enough of the victim’s trust that they’re willing to be alone with them,” said Kristen Houser, chief public affairs officer at the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. “When you’re young and naive and you think all the kids in your building are your friends, you’re more likely to become a target.”
With that being said, victim blaming may be increased by the sexual assault prevention efforts. The Regular Report says it’s because of the idea that victims are partly responsible for what happens to them. That’s especially possible when prevention efforts focus on victims rather than perpetrators, according to a 2018 review of several studies.
In fact, sexual assault is never the victims fault and it is not a Romans responsibility to stay safe, the majority of the students can take safe measures in interest of personal safety. Here is how they could manage that.
1. Stick together
If you are out with friends and find yourself or somebody from you circle in an uncomfortable situation or too intoxicated, just leave. It is that simple. But don’t let anybody go home alone. Get an Uber and accompany them home. Don’t give any explanations on why are you leaving. Leave the parting for another weekend.
2. Speak up
If you fell that somebody is instructing you or someone else’s space, do not overlook. If you feel that you are being followed, speak up or create a distraction. However, bystanders play a significant role in preventing sexual assault and can have a powerful impact on sexual violence prevention.
3. Make a plan
With alcohol popular among teens and many adolescents keen on drinking, according to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health 40% of students admitted to binge drinking in the past month. If you intend to drink, talk to your group of friends and chose someone who will look after you, someone who is more responsible.
4. Know the sexual violence policy
It’s important for parents that their teen knows the sexual violence policy, before college. So parents, research the sexual violence policy, and tell your teen the safety tips.