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Halloween Safety Tips for College Women
September 2011
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Halloween Safety Tips for College Women

 
 
 

Halloween-Safety-Tips

Halloween-Safety-Tips

By Suzy Stun Gun

Halloween is always a blast when you are in college. There are costumes, parties and plenty of mayhem.  However, in today’s world not every scream is from an innocent trick or innocent fright. There are those who use this opportunity to prey on their victims.

Here are some Halloween safety tips for you college girls: 

Halloween Safety Tips

  • Trust your instincts. If you feel unsafe at any point during Halloween go with that feeling
  • Avoid being alone or isolated with a monster you don’t know well. Let a trusted friend know where you are and whom you are with.
  • If you’re running from the monster, expect to trip or fall down at least twice, more if you are of the female persuasion. Also note that, despite the fact that you are running and the monster is merely shambling along, it’s still moving fast enough to catch up with you.
  • When you have the benefit of numbers, NEVER pair off and go alone .. you may never come back
  • Do not search the basement, especially if the power has gone out.
  • If appliances start operating by themselves, do not check for short circuits. Again, get out.
  • Always carry emergency cash and keep phone numbers for local cab companies handy.
  • Form a buddy system with close friends and agree on a secret diversion signal for uncomfortable situations, such as “Boo!!”
  • Don’t accept “witches brew” from people you don’t know or trust and never leave your “witches brew” unattended. If you lose sight of your “witches brew,” get a new one.

Here are some facts every parent of a college age woman should know.

  • At least 1 in 4 college women will be the victim of a sexual assault during her academic career.
  • At least 80% of all sexual assaults are committed by an acquaintance of the victim.
  • 48.8% of college women who were victims of attacks that meet the  definition of rape did not consider what happened to them rape.
  • More than 70% of rape victims knew their attackers, compared to about half of all violent crime victims.
  • One out of eight women will be raped while in college.
  • 57% of rapes occur on a date.
  • 75% of male students and 55% of female students involved in date rape had been drinking or using drugs.
  • The physical and psychological effects of sexual assault can be devastating, and college students who are sexually assaulted may face impediments to academic and personal success.

These are the reported figures. There is much data suggesting that most rapes go unreported. One study showed that only 5 % of victims of rape or attempted rape report it to college police.  EVERY adult female is a potential target of these assailants. Every 2 minutes, someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted, and someone is raped every 6 minutes. Most sexual assaults can be avoided

Be Prepared

I doubt you will have a proton pack to catch ghost, but you should always carry some non-lethal self-defense weapons. A stun gun, Taser, pepper spray, mace or some other non-lethal self-defense product like a a telescopic stun baton are good examples. Each, if used, will afford you enough time to escape and get help.

These tips can help you prevent an assault on yourself or any woman you know. Used wisely they may save a life-maybe yours. However, nothing beats common sense.

 Personal protection is about learning to decrease your risks and increase your options if assaulted.  Learning to defend yourself from other people can also be achieved with extensive training with qualified instructors. However in most cases it’s just you and them, and you can take steps to have the advantage. Your life and health are your most important possessions, so learning to avoid situations that put your safety at risk is the first goal. Your best natural weapon is your brain, and your best defense is to exercise good crime prevention strategies.

Nobody can tell you how to defend yourself in every situation. Each person must evaluate his or her own abilities, and size up the situation based on the level of danger to themselves or a loved one.

Here at iZAPmen.com we hope you have a super safe, super fun Halloween on campus.

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