Sexual violence is “a sexual act that is committed or attempted by another person without freely given consent of the victim or against someone who is unable to consent or refuse”*

Women aged 18 to 24 are at a higher risk of sexual violence than those in any other age group**

Sexual violence is prevalent at universities and colleges across the globe

*Sexual Violence Surveillance: Uniform Definitions and Recommended Data Elements (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Injury Prevention and Control 2014)

**U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics: Rape and Sexual Assault Victimization Among College-Age Females, 1995–2013 (2014) 


Personal Safety Tips


Keep your phone charged

Always take your phone, but don’t let it distract you

Consider using a personal safety App and/or carrying a personal alarm

Tell someone where you are going and when you will be back

Be aware of the location of emergency phones and plan your route accordingly

Try to use a route that is well used and well lit 

Try to walk with a friend, especially at night


Be aware of your surroundings

Walk with confidence

Avoid taking short cuts

If you think that you are being followed try to get to an area where there are other people

If you are approached by someone who makes you feel uncomfortable, try and get away to a safe place or, if that is not possible, create a distraction

Never get into a car with someone you don’t know or who makes you feel uncomfortable

If you use a taxi, Uber or similar, check the credentials of the driver before you get in


Go with friends and come back with them too!

Only accept a drink if you see it being poured

Avoid taking a drink from a punchbowl (you never know what is in it)

Don’t leave your drink unattended

If you are in, or see, a situation that makes you feel uncomfortable, try creating a distraction

Campus Checklist

What are the institution’s sexual violence prevention and response strategies?

Does the university/college undertake personal safety audits on and around campus?

Does the university/college have effective processes for vetting prospective employees and contractors to ensure that they do not pose a risk to students?

What procedures does the university/college have for ensuring that  students with a history of perpetrating sexual violence are not able to enroll?

Does the university/college partner with the police and local businesses to promote student safety? 

Does the university/college ensure that  personal safety information is provided to both new and returning students?

Does the university/college provide sexual consent training? 

Does the college/university provide active bystander training (e.g. Green Dot)

Is peer-to-peer personal safety mentoring provided to new students?

Are any special services provided to help students get back to their living accommodation safely at night (e.g. Safe Ride)?