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Maximizing Your Personal Safety

For emergencies call 617 521 1111 or 911
For non-emergencies call 617 521 1112

It is important to keep in mind that assaults, including rape, can happen to anyone, anytime, anywhere. It is never your fault if you are assaulted. There is no set plan of action that can ensure your protection, but the following list of precautions may help:

  • Travel in groups.
  • Do not walk alone or leave friends or roommates alone at parties or social events.
  • Agree upon escape signals with friends to leave a party or get out of an uncomfortable situation.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • When you are attending off-campus events, know where you are and how you are getting home.
  • Avoid poorly lit places, empty buildings or deserted parking lots.
  • Stay in well lit and populated areas.
  • Trust your instincts. If you feel uncomfortable, don't be afraid to say so and to remove yourself from the situation.
  • Do not be concerned about being perceived as rude or abrupt; your safety should always be your top priority.
  • If you choose to drink, do not take a drink from an open punch bowl. Always get your own drink, and open it
  • yourself. Do not leave your drink unattended.
  • Program important emergency numbers into your cell phone.
    • FYI: If you dial 911 from your cell phone you will be connected with the State Police, not your local police department.

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