- Trust your instincts; if you don't feel safe, go with your gut and contact authorities right away.
- Don't go off alone at night, at parties, or in places you're unfamiliar with. Arrive with friends, check in frequently and leave together.
- Watch out for your friends and sisters. If someone is acting abnormally, check in and make sure they're okay. We have to help take care of each other!
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Sexual assault, contrary to popular belief, is not just the subject matter for the weekly episode of CSI or SVU; it is a very real issue for students on college campuses around the country. You might be thinking "not on my campus, it's like home," "not in my chapter, we're more careful than that," or "not to me, my friends are good people who always protect me".
In recent years, college campuses have become more frequent sites for sexual victimization of women ages 18-24. College-aged women are four times more likely to be sexually assaulted than any other age group of women (https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/182369.pdf). And the majority of survivors of sexual assault actually know their attacker. Sexual assault is an issue all of us should be aware of!
We don't tell you these statistics in an effort to frighten you into never leaving your room. Rather, we, along with the fine people of RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network), hope to empower you to work with your sisters to put a stop to these horrible crimes!
RAINN is an organization working to raise awareness about issues of sexual assault. Whether it be through the sharing of statistics and testimonials, sending amazing survivors to college campuses to tell their stories, or providing survivors, friends and families the tools to get any help they may need, RAINN tirelessly works to educate the public and end the suffering caused by sexual assault.
Why should this be important to you? Because YOU can help! September 22 is National RAINN Day, a day dedicated to educating college students about rape and sexual assault, encouraging us to reach out to various forms of support in our communities and on our campuses. RAINN asks that students just like you work with friends, organizations and SISTERS to plan events dedicated to raising awareness of sexual assault. The group that plans the best event this year even has the chance to be featured on Cosmopolitan Magazine's website! Sign up today at http://www.rainn.org/rainn-day-sign-up.
We challenge you to help fight for the cause and plan an event with your chapter this month! For more ideas, information and inspiration, take a peek at the RAINN Day website http://rainn.org/rainnday.
As always, remember to post your thoughts, ideas and plans in the comment section to the right of this blog so that we can all be inspired by your commitment. Together we can ensure that our campus communities are a safe place for everyone!
Special note for our alumnae: This information is just as important for you! While these tips and suggestions are geared toward our collegiate women on college campuses, they are just as helpful to you in protecting yourself, your families, friends and colleagues. Visit the RAINN website at http://www.rainn.org for more information about how this organization can help all of us. To see how other Alpha Gam alumnae are involved in issues of sexual assault, visit http://kellyandbecca.com/ and http://onestudent.org/.
If you have any questions or need to speak with someone about issues involving sexual assault, we encourage you to contact your campus counseling services or the confidential 24 hour National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE(4673).