Walking home alone at night is no longer safe for women—especially in universities. According to studies, 20% of students have been touched, kissed or experienced sexual intercourse without their permission at least once in their college life.
In addition, one-third of all sexual assaults and misconduct happen on campus.
While authorities are stepping up their efforts to curb this and to protect students, you need to do something to protect yourself.
Here are some tips to help you avoid these situations:
1. Be vigilant.
When walking alone at night or at any time of the day, make sure that you’re always aware of your surroundings and that you aren’t too distracted on your way home. See who takes the route regularly and if there is anyone suspicious lurking in the dark.
2. Know your way around.
Sometimes, you really can’t avoid these things. But you can be prepared to make a run for it. Know all the places where you can run and ask for help. Know which doors open to public places and where you can find a policeman, professor or person of authority to help.
3. Be prepared to scream loudly.
You may not know it, but the biggest deterrent for these bad elements is the thought of getting found out. If you don’t want pepper spray in your bag, why not a small horn or alarm?
4. Know where to get good legal advice.
Aside from a support system, you need to know what’s in place for victims if you think that you are in danger. Find a good law firm Perth has to offer, according to Timpanolegal.com.au. Keep their number on you.
These are just some tips to stay away from danger. Being unafraid and confident is important, but being smart about protecting yourself can make you even safer.