Simple rules to help you stay safe
Dating sites and apps are more popular than ever, and connecting with new people can be as simple as swiping right on your smart phone. However, when meeting someone for the first time, you should take precautions.
Always keep your personal safety in mind, and follow these simple guidelines to reduce your risk of harm when meeting a match in person:
Meet at daytime in public first.
Meet in a public place with good lighting. If the person you’re talking to or chatting with insists you meet at his or her apartment (residence) or yours, a parking lot or somewhere private, this is a red flag. A busy daytime coffee shop or restaurant may not be private, but others will be around if an unsafe situation arises.
Tell a friend (or friends).
Tell at least one friend, more if possible, where you are going and who you are meeting. Getting your date’s first and last name prior to meeting is a good idea anyway.
Be responsible for your own transportation.
It is not a good idea to allow your date to pick you up the first time you are meeting; if things don’t go well, you might not want them knowing where you live! Also, if you need to make a quick exit, you will want to have your own vehicle or money for a cab available.
Alcohol and drugs can impair your judgment and incapacitate you, making you vulnerable to a potential robbery or assault. Avoiding alcohol and drugs will help you maintain a level head and presence of mind.
Download the RAVE Guardian Safety App.
In case of emergency, this FREE app turns your phone into a mobile safety device, on or off campus, connecting you with law enforcement and emergency personnel. RAVE Guardian is available for iPhone and Android devices. Find it at iTunes or Google Play.
If you are being stalked or harassed and you are thinking about filing for a Restraining Order, don’t hesitate to reach out for help. Call the 24-hour number at 803.777.4215, or email email@example.com.
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