defend yourself with a stun gunCollege is supposed to be a time for discovery and making new friends not worrying about becoming a rape statistic. Here we look at how students can avoid becoming such a number as they embark on a new chapter in their life.

According to the FBI, in four women will be sexually assaulted during their four years of college while 62 percent of the time it is by people they know.

For many females college is the first time they have moved away from their parents and everything that is familiar to them.

As they embark on a new journey in their life it should be a chapter that is full of discovery, adventure, making new friends and growing as a person. It should not be a time when they become prey to people they think they know and can trust.

For many, the excitement of college life can make it all too easy to forget what else is going on around you or who is even watching you. While you may be eager to make friends with everyone there are some who will use this to their advantage, but will only have one aim in mind: to exploit your innocence and to confuse you into thinking that the rape that took place was in fact your own fault.

One thing is for sure: it is never the victim’s fault.

In order to make your time at college a memorable one here are some safety tips to consider:

By taking these simple measures you can ensure that you don’t fall victim to sexual assault or rape during your time at college and even after you finish your four years.