COLLEGE DANGERS – 6 Ways to Keep Safe!

Sunday, September 04, 2011

COLLEGE DANGERS – 6 Ways to Keep Safe!

1 in 5 women will be sexually assaulted while in college!


It’s that time of the year again when eighteen year olds across the United States leave home to begin their college career.  No longer under their parents’ supervision, these very young adults are now tasked with managing their daily lives in a completely new and unfamiliar environment.  New school, independence, new place to live, new friends, essentially, this is a new life for them and it is very much unlike anything they’ve experienced prior.  What an exciting time for these incoming freshmen! 


As this new, exiting life begins, personal safety is often an afterthought.  Surrounded by optimism, opportunity and the euphoria of collegiate life, students often feel invincible, but the ugly truth proves otherwise!  According the national charity RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), college age women are four times more likely to be sexually assaulted than any other age group.  In fact, one in five college women will be sexually assaulted during their college years.  Yes, twenty percent, an alarming statistic!


What can college students do to increase their personal safety?  They need a safety plan and this plan must include the following six components:


  • Adopt a Safety Mindset
  • Learn how to Discourage Dangerous Threats
  • Know the Dangers of Residential Life and how to Stay Safe Indoors
  • Acknowledge Vulnerabilities and Threats when Walking throughout Campus
  • Have a means to Protect Yourself
  • Learn how to Escape an Attacker


Recently I appeared on Fox News Chicago to address some of these safety issues:


Attackers are looking for “soft”, easy targets.  Don’t be one!  Determined, “goal oriented” attackers will even attack “hard” or difficult targets.  Have a way to protect yourself!  Over 5,000 college students were attacked in 2009!  Additionally, 20% of college women will be sexually assaulted.  One of the best things you can do to protect yourself or your college age child and prevent serious emotional trauma is to be prepared, not scared and register for my SABRE College Safety Program.  We detail each of the above six components, provide them with a new way of thinking and solutions to help ensure a positive college experience.  Click here to obtain more information -