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College Campus Safety for the Positive College Experience

College Campus Safety for the Positive College Experience

Whether you’re going to college for the first time or you’re a returning student, it’s exciting. The excitement and potential for new friendships, new experiences, and opportunity fill your lungs like fresh air. The energy on campus is infectious. Some students are inside reading and debating while others are taking a break and playing field games with friends. College is a time when students should be free to discover their interests and expand their world perspective. Every student needs to have the right to fully explore opportunities on campus and pursue their passions.

Imagine being the you who isn’t afraid to try something new. Imagine being defined by the choices you’ve made, not by the actions of others. Imagine being there for your friends and knowing that they’re there for you. Revolar will take an unprecedented stand against campus assault and partner violence. Together, we can unleash the strength of individual students and the power of caring communities. We can combine the promise of technology with a message of unity and a platform for powerful stories. We can empower students to reimagine campus culture and help each other soar. Everyone has the right to feel safe and deserves to enjoy every moment,  that’s why we built Revolar. Revolar exists to build confidence in students and to support the positive, safe college experience for all.


The Facts About Sexual Assault on Campus

Sexual assault happens to approximately 1 in 5 women during their college years and approximately 1 in 20 men. These statistics are only for those incidents which have been reported. It’s estimated that only 20% of female victims will report to law enforcement. And worse still, 90% of campus assaults are said to have been committed by someone known to the victim. Incidents of sexual assault have the potential to hurt a student's college experience and even have the potential to affect life after college for many survivors.


5 Ways to Stay Safer on Campus

We believe that today’s college students reserve the right for college to be a positive, formative experience. Whether you’re a parent, a student, or a concerned citizen, we’ve laid out a short list of actions and behaviors which each and every one of us can take to fight sexual assault:

 

  • Plan Ahead – It’s college. You’re going to go out at night and have fun. Just remember to plan ahead. Think about where you’re going, who you’re going out with, how you’re going to get home, and a backup plan in case your schedule shifts at all. Stay with your friends, don’t leave anyone alone, and make sure that everyone has a safe way of getting home.
  • Build Healthy, Trustworthy Relationships - As mentioned above, 90% of assaults are committed by someone known to the victim. Be sure you can trust the people you are with. You can build deeper, more meaningful relationships with people who share similar interests and values. A good way of finding and getting to know people is through mutual trustworthy friends, clubs, events, and other daytime group activities which are safe and fun. You can find lots of great organizations and activities through your school’s website.
  • Action – There’s a psychological principle called “The Bystander Effect” which effectively shows that a witness to a crime will often not report it due to the presence of other bystanders. In some cases, even with multiple witnesses, nobody will say anything simply because they believe somebody else will report the crime. It’s on all of us to speak up when we see something wrong. Please call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673 if you have experienced assault or would like to report any that you have witnessed.
  • Education and Understanding of Resources – The more you know, the safer you’ll be. Students need to know safe intervention tactics and their campus security contact information. Knowledge such as the location of the local campus police station, campus health center, and local sexual assault service provider can be very helpful. If you think something is wrong, call a friend, family member, or campus security.
  • Be Alert and Secure – Whenever you’re traveling around campus, stay alert and aware of your surroundings. Spotting anything unusual and avoiding it to the best of your ability is always a good defense. Always lock your doors and be careful about posting your location on social media. Stalkers can use social media as a method for following you around and figuring out where you are. Be smart and alert when navigating campus or sharing anything online.
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    Add to Your Arsenal

    We’ve created Revolar to not only combat sexual assault on campus, but also to help you, as college students, feel confident trying new experiences. With Revolar, you’ll know that you can always call for help if you are feeling unsafe or uncomfortable. With either 1, 2, or 3 presses of a button, you can send a Check-in, Yellow Alert, or Red Alert to friends or family. It’s discreet so you can notify loved ones without pulling out your phone, opening it, and sending a text or making a phone call. In most cases, you simply won’t have time for this, and even if you did, it would likely escalate a situation.

    With Revolar’s notifications, sent from the press of a button, your loved ones can see your location and take appropriate action to make sure you are safe. You can customize the experience for your contacts and the messages that they receive. You can even use Revolar’s Ring Me feature so you can receive an automated phone call to help get you out of an uncomfortable situation. Reach out today to hear about Revolar and how we’re helping to make the world a safer place!