The Campus Police Department is involved in a broad spectrum of crime awareness and prevention programs. Literature and brochures are provided on a continual basis throughout the campus covering a variety of crime prevention topics. Upon occasion, the Campus Police Department will sponsor or co-sponsor seminars or programs on crime awareness and prevention. Also, media such as the school paper, e-mail, and flyer's are used to disperse crime awareness and prevention information.
When You Park Your Car
Park in a well-lit area that is not remote. Close and lock windows and doors. Keep all valuables out of sight. When returning to your car, have keys in hand, be alert to anyone near your vehicle, and check interior before entering.
When You Walk
Do not walk alone, especially at night. If you must walk alone, walk confidently. Stay alert to those around you. Avoid isolated areas. Don't take shortcuts; travel lighted, busy routes. If followed, change directions and head for lights and people.
Theft is the largest crime problem on campus. Theft is primarily a crime of "opportunity". The opportunity arises when property is made easily accessible to a thief. If the opportunity is removed then the chances of a theft occurring are reduced. There are steps you can take to remove the opportunity for theft.
When you leave your car unattended keep the windows and doors closed and locked. Park in a well-lit, well-traveled area. Keep valuables out of sight. Lock them in your trunk. Consider using supplementary security devices, ie., electronic alarm or steering column locking device, which make a vehicle less appealing to a thief. Avoid hiding a spare key under the hood or on the frame. A determined thief will find them.
Your Personal Property
Do not leave personal items unattended for even a few minutes. It only takes a few seconds for someone to pick up an unattended textbook or backpack. When studying, keep your textbooks in sight at all times, especially during book buy-back times. When using the gym or Wellness Center, place all clothing and valuables in a locker and lock it.
Responding to a Forcible Attack
Your primary goal is to get away safely. To do this:
- Evaluate the situation— Look around.
- Are there sources of help available?
- What state of mind is your attacker in?
- Stay alert— Listen and observe carefully so you can make the best decision now and provide important evidence later.
Decide how to respond:
Only you can decide the best response in an emergency. Be realistic about your ability to protect yourself. Screaming, hitting or biting may help you escape but could also expose you to greater harm. If you do resist, attract attention by blowing a whistle or screaming. Run, hit, bite or use self-defense, if you are trained. Do whatever comes naturally— and do it immediately.
In most cases of rape, the rapist is known to the victim. Experts on rape believe that more than two-thirds of all rape victims knew their assailant.
This is referred to as acquaintance or date rape. Following are some tips for avoiding such a situation.
Don't accept a ride home from someone you have just met, perhaps at a party - no matter how pleasant they may seem.
Know the person you're going out with well.
The use of alcohol and drugs is often related to incidents of acquaintance rape.
When intoxicated or high, people may find themselves acting in atypical ways. Use alcohol responsibly. If you are in a situation where people are abusing alcohol or drugs, you may be in danger and should exercise caution. Don't leave your drink alone or drink something you didn't get or open yourself. "Date rape drugs" slipped in a drink can leave you vulnerable.
Ineffective communication can contribute to acquaintance rape. Make your limits clear before you get into a sexual situation.
Trust your instincts. If a situation doesn't feel right, change the situation or get away from it.
As a Man You Need to Know
Rape is a crime of violence.
It is never permissible to force yourself on a woman, even if you think she's been teasing and leading you on.
Don't read signals. Have a clear understanding of each other's intentions.
When you use force to have sex, you are committing a crime called rape, even if you know the woman or even if you've had sex with her before.
Reporting the Attack
Whether or not you decide to press charges, it is strongly recommended that you report any rape or attempted rape. This will ensure that evidence is preserved should you decide to press charges later. It may also prevent the attacker from victimizing others.
While waiting for the police:
- Do not change your clothing.
- Do not clean your clothing or bathe yourself.
- Do not apply medication.
If you do so, you may destroy important evidence. Write down a good description of the assailant, specifying any identifying marks, scars or tattoos. Include the assailant's clothing, eye color and hair color.
In conducting a thorough investigation of rape or assault, officers will ask you many questions and will go over details of the crime. Additional interviews may be necessary because a victim frequently remembers information and details during subsequent interviews. These interviews may be unpleasant, but are not intended to embarrass or intimidate victims.
The Campus Police can assist you in getting counseling if needed. Counseling is made available through the Wyandotte Mental Health Center. The Women's Resource Center on campus offers support services, as well.