Prevention Tips

Remember, unwanted touching, unprovoked verbal or non-verbal gestures regarding sex, race, ethnic origin, etc., will not be tolerated and are subject to the student judicial system, employee disciplinary procedures or the criminal laws of Georgia.

Outside

  • Students should be alert to their surroundings and the people around them, especially if they are alone or it is dark.
  • When possible, travel with a friend.
  • Stay in well-lit areas as much as possible.
  • Walk confidently, directly, at a steady pace.
  • Students who think they are being followed should walk quickly to areas where there are lights and people. Students who believe a car is following them should turn and walk in the opposite direction, or walk on the other side of the street.
  • Students should always keep their cell phone charged and on them, since they never know when they will need it.
  • Students should trust their instincts. Students who feel that something isn’t right should leave and get to a safe place immediately.
  • Carry a whistle. If in danger, use it, scream and run, yell fire or break a window on a car nearby to attract attention.

Car Safety

  • Students should always lock car doors after entering or leaving their car.
  • Park in well-lit areas.
  • Students should have their car keys in their hand, so that they don’t have to linger before entering their car. Keys can also serve as a possible weapon against an attacker.
  • Check the back seat before entering the car.
  • Students who think they are being followed should drive to a public place or a police station.
  • Students whose car breaks down should open the hood and attach a white cloth to the car antenna. If someone stops to help, stay in the locked car and ask them to call the police or a garage.

Students who are assaulted should get medical attention. They should not shower or try to clean themselves up. Bring in all clothes to the examination. This will help assure that evidence needed for prosecution is not destroyed. Contact a support person (friend, family member, faculty or staff member) to help with emotional support, transportation, etc.