Safety tips are from members of Help Save The Next Girl. (Part Two)
Updated: Aug 11, 2021
How do you help save the next girl, or boy, or senior citizen, or child? Talk to your friends and ask them how they stay safe. Please read through our safety tips and consider adding them to your own list.
If you think you are being followed, trust your instincts and take action. Never drive towards your house or destination. Drive to the police department.
At a party, don't leave your drink unattended. And if someone offers to buy you a drink, watch the bartender make it.
If you have to meet with someone you don't know well, meet at a public place instead of their house.
Keep the doors of your home locked at all times, even when you are inside.
If you have to walk your dog at night, attach a pepper spray key chain to the leash and stay on well lit roads.
Teach your dog to growl on command. It can make the dog pretty intimidating when you need him or her to be.
After getting into your car lock the doors right away.
Don't post on social media where you are going. Wait until you have left to post it. For example don't say heading for a run on the local trail. Wait until after the run to post either the picture or status.
Make your social media private and don't post your address, telephone number, or email on there.
Take a self-defense course. Many universities and police departments offer them free.
Invest in pepper spray or, if you can find it, pepper gel--it's better because the wind doesn't blow the spray towards you or away from your attacker.
Put the pepper gel spray and a flat flashlight on your keychain.
Put a strong whistle on your keychain.
Always, always let someone know where you are at all times, when you should be expected to be home or arrive at your destination. Also tell them the route that you are taking if you know this ahead of time.
Always keep your cell phone fully charged.
Inspect your apartment window and door locks, and if they are faulty, insist that the apartment managers pay for their repair.
Don't be home alone for any workman appointment.
Don't study late in isolated places on campus alone.
Inspect your windows' blinds. Use them.
Make strong understandings with your roommates. No one leaves the apartment open, and extra keys aren't available to just anyone.
If you hear hate talk, or violent talk, or objectifying talk, even if it is couched in humor, call it to everyone's attention publicly, and report it assertively.
Be careful in public places who overhears your plans.
If you see a young woman in trouble, if she is hurt, impaired, or seems vulnerable to you, alert her friends or the police.
Have conversations with restaurant, night club, concert security, or bar owners when you are there. Ask them how they protect their clients. Ask them how they Help Save the Next Girl.
Report inappropriate comments to business owners, trusted teachers, your friends and family, and police.
Do not be afraid to call the police. They are there for us.
Relationship violence doesn't have to be between strangers of a couple. It can be friend on friend.
Know what relationship red flags are, and look for them.
Say no when you are unsure.