Halloween is an exciting time of year, sometimes taking days or weeks to prepare for. But sexual assault is a crime of motive and opportunity, and Halloween celebrations can present additional risks and potentially dangerous situations. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk.
TIPS for College-age Students:
- Trust your instincts. If you feel alarmed, scared or creepy in any situation, go with your gut. If you see something spooky, contact the local authorities or Public Safety if you are on campus immediately.
- Avoid being alone or isolated with a Zombie – – or any creature – – who you don’t know or trust. Make sure a dependable friend knows where you are and who you are with at all times. Don’t leave your group with anyone you’re not sure of – even if he or she asks. Say you’d rather stay with the group.
- Know your surroundings and plan a Jack-o-lantern lit route back to your residence. Always carry emergency cash and keep phone numbers to howl at local cab companies if needed. Have your charged cell phone with you.
- Check in with your friends throughout All Hallow’s Eve. Form a buddy system so that no one wanders off alone. Agree on a secret “butt in” signal for uncomfortable situations, such as “Ghost” or “Ghoul!”
- Don’t accept “potion” from people you don’t know or trust and never leave your “Goblet” unattended. If you lose sight of your “Goblet,” get a new one, and always watch your “potion” being prepared.
- Don’t let your guard down. Do not assume that the mummies, witches, and wizards you meet will look out for your best interests!
- Watch out for your friends, and don’t be afraid to intervene if a situation appears to be scaring your friend or is frightening you. If your friend seems too over beveraged or is acting abnormally, get him or her to a safe place immediately.