Ways to Protect Yours lf From Sexual Assault
There is nothing that can completely eliminate the possibility of an attack. However, there are some smart choices you can make.
Use Your Head
Be alert– walk with confidence and purpose.
Be aware of your surroundings– know who is out there and what is going on.
Trust your instincts– if a situation or place makes you feel uncomfortable or uneasy, leave.
Use a personal escort- IUSB Police Officers will provide personal escorts on campus and will provide other assistance as needed at anytime. Anyone who desires an escort can request it by dialing the department 24-hour telephone number (4239) from any house or office telephone. Officers on duty at the Elkhart Center will also provide this service.
Be aware of crime alerts. Crime alert information notices will be posted in the event of a serious incident on campus, or at the Elkhart Center that may pose a danger to others. Crime alert notices are also disseminated by electronic media using electronic bulletin notices.
When You Are Indoors
Make sure all doors (do not forget sliding glass doors) and windows have sturdy, well-installed locks, and use them. Install a wide-angle peephole in the door.
Never open your doors to strangers. Offer to make an emergency call while someone waits outside. Check the identification of sales or service people before letting them in. Do not be ashamed or embarrassed to phone for verification.
Be wary of isolated spots– apartment laundry rooms, underground garages, parking lots, offices after business hours.
Know your neighbors, so you have someone to call or go to if you’re uncomfortable or frightened.
If you come home and see a door or window open or broken, do not go in. Call the police from a cell phone, public phone or a neighbor’s phone.
Leave a light on inside while you are out at night. Visibility is key.
When You Are Outdoors
Avoid walking or jogging alone, especially at night. Stay in well-traveled, well-lit areas.
Wear clothes and shoes that give you freedom of movement.
Be careful if anyone in a car asks you for directions; if you answer, keep your distance from the car.
Have your key ready before you reach the door– home, car, or office.
If you think you’re being followed, change direction and head for open stores, restaurants, theaters, or a house with its lights on.
IUSB emergency telephones are located at various locations around the IU South Bend campus and on each floor of the parking garage adjacent to the elevator lobby. Each phone has a blue light and an emergency phone sign. For an emergency, dial 911 or press the emergency button for automatic dialing. IU police department personal may also be contacted for emergency or non-emergency situations by using the keypad.
When You’re in Your car
Park in areas that will be well-lit and well-traveled when you return.
Always lock your car– when you get in and when you get out.
Look around under your car and in the back seat before you get in.
If your car breaks down, lift the hood, lock the doors, and turn on your flashes.
Call the police on a cell phone, or use flares. If someone stops, roll the window down slightly and ask the person to call the police or tow service.
Don’t ever hitchhike, ever. And don’t ever pick up a hitchhiker.