The year 2014 was an unprecedented year for sexual assault on college campuses in the news. It was such a big issue that the federal government appointed a task force to hold colleges and universities accountable for implementing better practices for dealing with sexual assault among students.
That’s a big step and can prove to be helpful for dealing with cases of sexual assault after the fact, but what can we do as individuals to prevent them from occurring in the first place? Here are three tips to help raise awareness for ourselves and women everywhere.
Fake it ‘til you make it
Safety starts with awareness and attitude. Being aware of your surroundings and of your body in space are two important lessons I begin every seminar that I teach with. Body language and feelings are crucial to personal safety and empowerment and one affects the other. Therefore, one of the first things you can be aware of is your body language.
Predators prey on vulnerability, which can be detected in posture. Stand up straight, keep your shoulders back, and make eye contact with everyone around you, especially when addressing them, even if you feel vulnerable at the time. Your physiology can fake you into feeling more confident, which in turn makes you less of a target to predators. Ask yourself, what non-verbal clues are you giving off?
Also, be the gatekeeper for your body. Don’t let in any dangerous substances that can mess with your body chemistry, making you incapable of making good decisions (or any decisions at all). Drugs are a bad idea, and if you do drink alcohol, know your limits.
For the remainder of the article, 3 Ways to Prevent Sexual Assault in 2015, head over to HLN’s Nancy Grace blog here…