Even if you know and have done everything you can to learn crime prevention techniques at your university, it is important to know what to do in case you are attacked.
On Campus CrimesThere are many types of criminal acts college students might be subject to. Men and women can become victims of theft, muggings, sexual assaults such as date rape, or worse. It can be easy to think it will never happen to you, that horrifying acts such as these only happen to others, but statistics show that most people have either been targeted by criminals, or know someone who has. It is wise to be prepared for any eventuality.
Self Defense Against Violent Crime
You may want to look into some sort of a weapon to protect yourself in case of an attack. There are a wide variety of non-lethal weapons available, but we recommend that you make sure they are legal at your college or university before acquiring them.
Here is some basic information on the different types of self defense products available:
Personal Alarms - These types of alarms are affordable, and small enough to keep on you at all times. They emit a loud, piercing alarm when activated to let others know that you are in need of help.
Stun Guns - A Stun Gun produces a strong electric shock which will disable someone in a matter of seconds. It will cause them to collapse and allow you to escape. You must physically touch your attacker with the stun gun to induce the shock.
Air Tasers - A taser gun is so effective many law enforcement agencies commonly use them. The taser fires two probes that deliver a strong electrical current and knock an assailant to the ground. Taser Guns allow you to fight back from a distance of up to fifteen feet.
Defense Spray - Sprays developed for personal defense, such as pepper spray, can be use to temporarily subdue and hinder an assailant. They will put your attacker out of commission long enough for you to get away and find help.
It is important to note that these types of self defense products will not produce lasting harmful effects. This is important so that you know this so you can use them if necessary without any concern that you are harming the attacker in some permanent way. Sound like a silly thing to say? Consider this- statistically, many women will not use self defense products even if they are available to them because they are concerned they will permanently injure their attackers. Knowing you won’t will increase the chances that you’ll use what you have to defend yourself.
Following A Campus Assault
If you have been attacked, contact campus security and the police. Try to give an accurate description of the person who assaulted or tried to assault you, including what they look like and what they are wearing. Every extra detail will help them to find the right person.
Seek medical help if you have been hurt in any way. Let a professional tend to wounds or injuries you may have received.
We hope this information will be useful in preparing you or even reminding you what precautions to take when at school and what to do if you are in a situation where you must defend youself.