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Hey, frosh: Check out the tips and advice in these videos.
You Will Need
- A little common sense
- Awareness of your surroundings
- And a feisty spirit
Let someone know
Always let someone know where are you going and when you expect to be back.
Find out trouble spots
If you're in a new city, ask locals about the trouble spots to avoid.
Don't put valuables on display
Don't put your valuables on display, especially if you're alone: turn your rings so the stone is hidden, and hold your purse securely under your arm.
Be & look alert
Attackers look for easy victims, so be alert and look alert. Walk briskly without distractions like an iPod or cell phone, and watch who is around you. Don't be afraid to turn around if you feel like someone might be following you.
If attacked, fight back. Studies show that screaming and yelling often scare off an assailant, whereas pleading and crying do not elicit sympathy.
Be wary of guys offering drinks
Be wary of guys who keep offering to get you another drink. If they're trying to get you drunk, they might be hoping to take advantage of you.
Be careful who you flirt with
Be careful who you flirt with—and who you invite back to your dorm or apartment. Most women are sexually attacked by someone they know, usually in their own home.
Avoid walking home after dark
Avoid walking home alone after dark. Predators target women who are by themselves.