If you are, you don’t need a road map to the coolest places for partying in the ‘hood. You probably know the best places for hooking up too. But do you know how to make sure that your nights out always end as well as they begin?
Rape and assault can happen to anyone. And guys, don’t think that you’re immune, because these things can also happen to you. You can be assaulted by someone you know or by a total stranger. You can be assaulted or raped by a date. And that really nice person you just met at the bar, well heads up, because that person could have nasty “plans” for you.
Most of the people you meet here at college won’t be out to get you. But since you’re going to be out and about, there are things you can do to minimize your risk of sexual assault. Check them out.
1. Stick with your friends.
2. Make a plan before you go out. Set up checkpoints or code words to make it easy for you and your friends to stay connected.
3. Hold on to your drink—even when you go to the bathroom.
4. If your drink is out of your sight, even for a few seconds, get a new one. Spiking a drink with a date rape drug is easier than you think.
5. Don’t accept a drink from anyone—unless you can watch the bartender pour it.
6. Don’t share drinks.
7. Don’t drink from punch bowls or open containers.
8. Don’t drink anything that tastes strange.
9. Don’t be taken in by parties that charge men but let women enter and drink free. It’s a come on for trouble, for sure.
10. Always keep your cell phone charged and on you. You never know when you’ll need it.
11. Make sure you always have a ride home.
12. Trust your instincts. If something doesn’t feel right to you, leave and get to a safe place fast.
1. Know your limits—and let your date know them right from the start.
2. Be clear about what’s okay for you. Don’t expect your date to read your mind.
3. Trust your gut. If you feel uncomfortable, leave.
4. Don’t get in over your head. If someone pushes you to do something you don’t want to do, leave.
5. Watch your drinks. Alcohol is the number one date rape drug. In fact, alcohol is involved in 75 percent of all the sexual assaults reported.
6. Tell a friend where you are going, especially if you are going out on a first date or a blind date.
7. Avoid secluded places until you know your date better.
8. Don’t forget your cell phone.
9. Always carry enough money to take a taxi home.
10. Pay attention to what you hear. Bad reps aren’t always legit, but they are worth checking out.