The safety and well-being of our students, faculty, staff, and community patrons are a high priority at BYU–Hawaii. However, the full support and cooperation of the entire university community are required to allow for the pursuit of knowledge in a safe and secure environment. Often, the best defense against being the victim of a sex offense or any crime is one’s own personal alertness and awareness, and taking care not to place oneself at risk. The best advice for minimizing the possibility of becoming a victim is to be selective in your activities at all times by not putting yourself at risk. In order to avoid situations that may place an individual at greater risk of becoming a victim of a rape or sexual assault, it is advisable to:
- Be aware of your rights and obligations. Don’t give mixed messages. You have both a right and an obligation to say “NO.”
- Let a friend or roommate know who you will be with, where you will be, and when you expect to return. Leave an address and phone number.
- Be sensitive to the spirit, your intuition, and your instincts. If you feel you may be at risk, take control by leaving the situation immediately. Don’t be afraid to “make waves” if you feel threatened, pressured, or coerced into an activity that is against your will.
- Attend activities with friends and in groups. “Look out” for one another.
- Walk with confidence and walk with another person. Stick to well-lighted, populated areas.
- Refrain from drug and alcohol use.
- Be extremely selective as to whom you date and where you go with the date.
- Avoid internet dates.
Other helpful hints:
- Never walk or jog alone at night.
- Avoid dense shrubbery where an assailant could hide.
- Stick to well-lighted paths and walkways at night.
- Carry a whistle or personal alarm to summon help. *Let friends or family know where you are going and when you will return.
- Stay in groups at night.
- Keep windows and doors locked.
- Keep drapes or blinds closed when dressing.