Global links and utilities:

Virginia State University Home

How can I protect myself against stranger rape?

How can I protect myself against a stranger rape?

Walking on Grounds 

  • Always be aware of what is going on around you. Stay alert to your surroundings.
  • Walk with confidence. Hold your head up and shoulders straight.
  • At night stick to well-lighted, populated areas and walk with another person. Avoid walking alone or in isolated areas.
  • Use campus escort services. 
  • Take special precautions in parking structures, stairwells, elevators, bathrooms, and dark areas with shrubbery. Studies show that many assaults by strangers occur in these places.If you suspect that you are being followed, go to a place where there are other people as soon as possible. 
  • If you choose to run, run as fast as you are able and scream to attract attention or summon help.  
  • Follow your gut instincts. If you sense that you may be at risk or in danger, try to get out of the situation. For example, if you see a suspicious looking person or someone who makes you feel uncomfortable in a parking structure or lot, leave the area. Report your suspicions to the authorities. 

In Residence Halls 

  • Lock your doors at all times, even if you run down the hall for just a few minutes to visit a friend.Do not prop security doors open. 
  • In residence halls accessed only by a key or card, do not let anyone without a key enter, no matter how presentable his or her appearance or how plausible his or her request seems. Simply tell them " I would like to help you out, but we are very concerned about security in this residence," and direct them to campus security for assistance. 
  • Be especially aware of security during vacation periods, when there are fewer people on campus.

Back to Top

    Share this page:
Search Powered By JRank