In this episode of the podcast, Mandi dives into a crucial topic: the safety of college freshmen. She highlights the prevalent issue of assaults on college campuses, both from strangers and from people the victim knows. 1 in 6 American women could become victims of sexual assault in their lifetime. College students are 3 TIMES more likely to fall victim, and a staggering 73% of victims know their attackers, a stat from RAINN.

A real-life account is shared, narrating the story of a college freshman who was sexually assaulted by an acquaintance. The host reflects on things we can learn for better outcomes. The importance of staying cautious and safeguarding drinks is stressed, along with advice on saying “no” firmly and using distractions to escape uncomfortable situations.

The host provides a comprehensive list of safety tips, including staying connected with friends, being aware of surroundings, saving emergency numbers, using campus security resources, avoiding isolation, and trusting one’s intuition. 

Mandi also suggests practical tools for personal protection, like pepper spray, alarms, flashlights, and even enrolling in self-defense classes, such as Krav Maga.

Ultimately, the episode aims to equip college freshmen and young adults with valuable knowledge and resources to ensure their safety and well-being in various situations.

Lessons Learned

22 College Safety Tips To Avoid An Attack

  • 1. Don’t share identifying information on social media

  • 2. Familiarize yourself with on AND off-campus locations

  • 3. Inform friends, RAs, and / or parents about your whereabouts

  • 4. Save and prioritize important emergency numbers on your phone

  • 5. Stay in well-populated areas

  • 6. Consider using campus shuttles or security escorts

  • 7. Trust your intuition and avoid unsafe situations

  • 8. Know multiple exits in your surroundings

  • 9. Stay aware of your surroundings and avoid phone distractions

  • 10. Pay attention when returning to your car

  • 11. Park by close and well-lit areas, keep your car locked and keys handy

  • 12. Familiarize yourself with emergency phone locations

  • 13. Keep your phone charged and car’s gas tank full

  • 14. Make people earn your trust before getting in a precarious situation with them

  • 15. Lock doors and windows in your dorm room

  • 16. Attend parties with trusted friends and protect your drink

  • 17. Consider having a breathalyzer keychain for safety

  • 18. Be prepared to lie or make excuses if needed

  • 19. Practice saying “no” firmly and confidently

  • 20. Use distractions to intervene in uncomfortable situations

  • 21. Carry personal safety devices like pepper spray or alarms

  • 22. Consider taking a self-defense class like Krav Maga


    RAINN and sexual assault hotline

    News story shared in the episode of Shannon Keeler

    Breathalizer example

    Personal safety devices

    My book: Two Things To Know Before Buying Pepper Spray

    What is Krav Maga

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