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Eagle mark on the PAC lawn


  • When you are going out with a new date, meet at a public location. Or consider going out with a group of friends.
  • Be cautious of sharing your address and school or work schedule until you get to know someone.
  • Take your own car. You'll have transportation if things get uncomfortable.
  • Share with a friend where you are going and when you expect to return.
  • Check in with a friend during the date if it makes you feel more comfortable.


  • Stick together. Run, walk, and bike in pairs or groups.
  • Always take your cell phone.
  • If you listen to music, turn the volume down so that you can hear what is going on around you.


  • Be aware of others when you get on an elevator.  You can always wait for the next one if something doesn't feel right.
  • In a hotel, request a room between the 2nd and 5th floors. Your room is less likely to be broken into, and yet fire ladders could still reach you in an emergency.
  • Always lock hotel room doors when you're inside. Don't admit anyone into your room.
  • When flying, don't display your personal information. Last names and work addresses will work fine on your suitcase. Never leave your luggage unattended.
  • Wait for taxis in safe, well-lit places. Know where you are going and how long it should take to get there.  Always use a licensed cab company.

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