Preventing Campus Sexual Violence

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AlertID Offers Tips To Help Protect College Students From Sexual Violence

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When students are aware of crimes, sex offenders and other dangers around campus, they can take the necessary steps to prevent becoming victims. When students stay informed and share information on AlertID, everyone can stay safe.

According to a September, 2015 survey conducted by the Association of American Universities where 150,000 college students at 27 universities were polled, shockingly, 23% of women reported experiencing some form of sexual assault during their college years (CNN - September 23, 2015). In a recent Washington Post analysis of federal campus crime data published July, 2014, more than 3,900 cases of sexual violence on campuses nationwide were reported in 2012, up 50 percent over the prior three years.

“When students are aware of crimes, sex offenders and other dangers around campus, they can take the necessary steps to prevent becoming victims. When students stay informed and share information on AlertID, everyone can stay safe,” said AlertID Founder, Keli Wilson.

AlertID offers a free app to arm students with the information they need to stay safe. Once students download the free app, they can view a map of recent criminal activity and presence of sex offenders in the area as well as review prevention tips in dozens of categories designed to prevent victimization. Additionally, the app also offers the ability to receive timely alerts when a new offender moves in to the area and includes a virtual “campus/neighborhood watch” that can help to keep students safe.

The following safety tips will help keep students safe on and around campus:

1.    Be alert as to what goes on around campus. Download the AlertID app and enroll for a free account to receive crime and sex offender alerts near your dorm, apartment and on campus.

2.    Use the Buddy System. Don’t walk alone if possible, especially at night.

3.    Walk with confidence. The more confident you look, the stronger you appear.

4.    Lock your dorm room or apartment even if you’ll only be gone a few minutes. Something so simple and quick can make a huge difference in your safety.

5.    Never leave a drink unattended. If you are drinking alcohol, be cognizant to make sure that no one adds a date rape drug to your drink.

6.    Report any suspicious activity observed on campus to the campus police or local police when off campus and post on AlertID for other students/neighbors.

7.    Watch your keys. Don’t lend them. Don’t leave them. Don’t lose them. And don’t put your name and address on the key ring.

8.    Watch out for unwanted visitors. Know who’s on the other side of the door before you open it.

9.    Have your key ready to use before you reach the door — home, car, or work.

10.    Park in well-lit areas and lock the car, even if you’ll only be gone a few minutes.

For more information and other tips to prevent assault, visit http://alertid.com/search/sex-crimes.asp.

About AlertID
AlertID, the nationwide neighborhood safety network, is available online as well as on your smartphone to help protect families by providing the information you need to keep your kids safe. Members are able to view an interactive map displaying crimes and sex offenders currently in their selected neighborhoods and can receive alerts and information for multiple locations such as their homes, schools or offices that include: law enforcement emergency alerts, crime and sex offender alerts, prevention tips and much more. Additionally, the app acts as a virtual neighborhood watch where members can share photos and information regarding suspicious activity with neighbors.

The AlertID mobile app is available for download on iTunes or the Android market. To sign up for an AlertID account or for more information, please go to http://www.AlertID.com.

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