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Halloween Safety Tips for College

Halloween for most people is a time for creative costumes, fun parties, and scary pranks, but for sexual predators, it’s an opportunity to seek new prey.  Keep in mind that not every scream is from an innocent prank or trickster.  Many predators see this as an opportunity to prey on distracted victims.

Keep in mind these statistics:

  • At least 1 in 4 college women will become the victim of a sexual assault during their academic career.
  • 80% of all assaults are committed by an acquaintance of the victim.
  • 75% of male students and 55% of female students involved in date rape had been drinking or using drugs.
  • The physical and psychological effects of sexual assault can be devastating.
  • Most college rapes go unreported with only 5% of them reported to campus police.

Be Prepared 

Women as individuals need to take ownership of their personal safety. Police cannot be everywhere at once, and it is unlikely they will be right around the corner. You can no longer just say “what if”…and must adopt the mindset that when it happens, I will be ready. You have the right to defend yourself against an assault!

  • Limit alcohol consumption.
  • Pay attention to your surroundings.
  • Stay off your cell phone.
  • Go with your gut instincts.
  • Learn proper Personal Safety and Self Defense

Online training provided by Certified Training Institute offers an easy and affordable way to learn the basics of Personal Safety and Self Defense in the comfort of your own home.  This course offers self-defense tactics from the standup position utilizing gross motor skill (easy but effective) techniques as well as ground defense and ground avoidance (rape prevention) tactics which can be used anywhere in any situation.
Course instructor Preston L. Taylor “PT” is a police officer with over 20+ years of experience, and is extremely knowledgeable in the realm of personal protection and self-defense.

Your life and health are your most important possessions, so learning to avoid situations that put your safety at risk is the first goal. Your best natural weapon is your brain, and your best defense is to exercise good crime prevention strategies. 

Nobody can tell you how to defend yourself in every situation. Each person must evaluate his or her own abilities, and size up the situation based on the level of danger to themselves or a loved one.  

Using your head, trusting your instincts and preparing yourself will be your best defense against the unthinkable.

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