SEATTLE – Campus safety is on the minds of many incoming freshmen as the University of Washington and other colleges begin classes this week.
"I have a taser personally and pepper spray,” said UW freshman Samantha Miner. “I don’t walk alone at night. Like, if I was going from a sorority house across the street from us, maybe. But, not from over 17th to 19th. I don't think I would do that.”
Dallas Jessup, a black belt martial arts instructor, started a non-profit called "Just Yell Fire" after learning coeds face a 1-in-4 risk of sexual assault and 1-in-3 of dating abuse or other random violence.
Jessup offers a free online video to show women how to protect themselves.
"First thing is to fight back. Look confident when you're walking around. Predators and rapists are looking for people who are shuffling, looking at their iPhones, people who don't look like they're going to put up much of a fight, unfortunately,” Jessup said.
Jessup offers these tips:
- Go for your attacker’s main targets like the eyes, ears and groin.
- Never put down your drink at parties.
- Never walk alone at night.
- Avoid areas that poorly lit like parking lots and ATMs.
- Lock up your sorority or dorm room and never give strangers access to your building. A big trend is hall cruising in which predators try to slip into a house or dorm.