Sexual Assault -
Safety Planning
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Safety Planning

If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted or is in an abusive relationship, there are things to consider when thinking about safety. It may be helpful to create a safety plan or to think about some ways to stay and feel safer. Depending on where you live, there may be unique circumstances to think about. The following information is divided up into rural, suburban and urban, and college campus safety tips. There is a lot of overlap but there are also things that are unique to each location. Please review the one that is closest to your situation.


Safety Planning in Rural Communities

In rural communities, there are fewer services that provide support for victims of sexual assault and dating and domestic violence. It can also be a challenge to maintain privacy due to the small community size.


Things to think about:

How to get away if there is an emergency

Who can help

Where to go

What to bring:

How to anticipate and respond to a perpetrator’s actions


Traveling Safety:

If you need to get away and there is no public transportation in your area, try to find someone who will allow you to use his or her car if you do not have one at your disposal.

Driving

Home Safety:

Tips to Remember



Safety Planning in Urban or Suburban Areas

Things to think about:

How to get away if there is an emergency

Who can help

Where to go

What to bring

How to anticipate and respond to a perpetrator’s actions

Traveling Safety:

Walking

Driving

Taking the bus or subway

Home Safety:

Tips to Remember

 

 

Safety Planning on a College Campus

Things to think about:

How to get away if there is an emergency

Who can help

Where to go

What to bring

important numbers, cell phone

At parties

Traveling around campus

Walking

Driving

Taking the bus

Dorm safety




If you have been sexually assaulted there are some additional steps you can take to help feel safer:

How to anticipate and respond to perpetrator’s actions

General tips

Finally…

Remember: it is not your fault!!