Did you know that every 92 seconds an American is sexually assaulted? Shocking to you as much as it was to me? 54% of victims are age 18 – 34. These numbers are startling. How do we prevent this from happening? The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) is an organization dedicated to awareness and prevention education. There are several tips and strategies that can help in avoiding an assault or even rape.
“C.A.R.E”, the 4 steps of preventing an assault.
“C” create a distraction. Create a distraction to interrupt the situation.
“A” ask directly. Talk directly to the person who might be in trouble.
“R” refer to an authority. Speak to someone of authority such as your RA, bartender, security guard, or call 911.
“E” enlist others. Power can be in numbers. Bring a friend with you to speak with the person at risk. Sometimes this could be just enough of a distraction.
Here are some other tips for staying safe while on campus.
Just taking these small steps and precautions can prevent something horrific from potentially happening. For more information you can visit www.RAINN.org .