The University Record, October 24, 1994

Tips on walking alone

In light of the recent assault and rape near Community High School, the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center offers the following tips for those who walk alone:

  • When walking or running in a remote or secluded area, try to go as part of a group.

  • If you wear a portable stereo, keep the volume low enough so you can hear what is going on around you.

  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times and think of escape routes. Look assertive and walk confidently.

  • Role-play in your mind what you would do if you were confronted by someone intending to harm you.

  • If someone asks you for the time or spare change, keep your eyes up as you check your watch or pockets.

  • Keep your keys accessible.

  • Wear shoes and clothing you can run in.

  • Carry a loud whistle at all times and be prepared to use it.

  • If you suspect someone is following you, turn around confidently and check. If you are being followed, scream loudly.

  • Do not assume that someone who offers to walk you home or give you assistance is safe because “he doesn’t look like a rapist.”

  • Vary the route you walk to school or work.

  • On sidewalks, walk near the curb or down the middle of the street if there is no traffic.

  • Know vulnerable targets on an assailant’s body: nose, eyes, throat, stomach, knees.

  • Know strong weapons on your own body: hands, elbows, feet, knees, teeth.

    See page 12 for alternatives to walking alone.