Safety Tips

Although you cannot guarantee that you will never experience sexual assault, you can take precautions to minimize your risk. It is important to remember, however, that the rapist is the one who has committed the crime. No person ever asks or deserves to be sexually assaulted. The following safety tips can help you prevent sexual assault from happening to you.

  • Use the Campus Security Shuttle. It operates 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. when classes in session; door to door rides anywhere on campus. Call: (334) 844-7400
  • Walk/travel in groups of people with whom you have established friendships 

  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Be wary of isolated areas, or people that try to isolate you or friends.
  • Lock your door and windows, even if you leave for a few minutes.
  • Avoid accepting drinks from strangers and never leave your drink unattended.
  • Limit alcohol consumption – perpetrators use alcohol and other substances to complete sexual assault.
  • Always leave word with a friend or roommate about where you are going and when you expect to return.
  • Trust your instincts. If your gut feeling tells you something is wrong, listen – it probably is.

Avoid believing "myths" associated with rape.

As cited by David Lisak “Understanding the Predatory Nature of Sexual Violence” (2011)

Studies indicate those who commit sexual assault on college campuses:

  • are extremely adept at identifying “likely” victims, and testing prospective victims’ boundaries;
  • plan and premeditate their attacks, using sophisticated strategies to groom their victims for attack, and to isolate them physically;
  • use “instrumental” not gratuitous violence; they exhibit strong impulse control and use only as much violence as is needed to terrify and coerce their victims into submission;
  • use psychological weapons – power, control, manipulation, and threats – backed up by physical force, and almost never resort to weapons such as knives or guns;
  • use alcohol deliberately to render victims more vulnerable to attack, or completely unconscious.
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