Advice for female freshmen college students: [View all]
I had an e-mail from an organization that brought up this subject, so I thought now would be a good time to touch on a delicate topic.
Women have a right to be out in public, wearing what they want, drinking what they want. That said, many, many young women become victims of predators during their first semester away at college. The problem is that situations that should be safe are often very unsafe.
So - don't go to a drinking party alone, with strangers or the "nice boy" you met at orientation. Go with someone you trust to watch your back.
Watch your drink and watch how much you drink. Drinks have been spiked, but the original date rape drug is still alcohol.
If you are assaulted in any way, call the Police. Many colleges and universities want to protect their reputation more than they want justice for you.
Advice for male college students: No means no. Unless the person is both sober enough to drive and conscious, hands off. Stop drinking before you lose your judgment skills. Don't do anything as a member of a group that you wouldn't be happy explaining to your parents or siblings. Remember that being charged with a rape isn't worth it.