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Safety Tips and Resources

La Salle Committee for National Campus Safety Awareness Month

Safety Tips | Sexual Assualt | Drinking | Drugs | Stalking

Breaking the Silence | Hamster Cocktails: The Truth About Hazing | Wasted Youth

Dear Student:

As we approach the Fall semester and you return to La Salle from what I trust was a most enjoyable break, I thought it appropriate to share with you a number of the safety tips that have proven to be effective in preventing crimes against persons and property. While the below list is not exhaustive, it does represent several tried-and-true crime prevention techniques.

Safety Tips

  1. Travel in groups and in well-lit areas.
  2. Use the campus parking lots.
  3. Use shuttles when possible.
  4. Use escorts when shuttles are not in service.
  5. If you are of legal age to consume alcohol (21), drink no more than one per hour (no more than 4 per night for females / 5 for males).
  6. Report suspicious people and unsafe conditions to Security at X 1300.
  7. Report all incidents of crime to Security at X1300.
  8. Safeguard your personal items and apply owner applied identification numbers to items of value. Your student ID# is recommended.
  9. Do not leave items of value unattended in public places.
  10. Lock your doors and do not share keys and combinations with others.
  11. Do not prop open any door.
  12. Travel in areas where security cameras and Blue Light Emergency Phones are in service.
  13. Refrain from wearing flashy clothes and expensive jewelry. Try to be inconspicuous.

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Facts and Resources

Sexual Assault-

  1. One in six American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape, and 10% of sexual assault victims are men. (
  2. Every two and a half minutes, somewhere in America, someone is sexually assaulted. (
  3. 68% of rapes occur between the hours of 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. (
  4. 84% of rapes are never reported to the police. (
  5. After being sexually assaulted, do not eat, drink, smoke, brush teeth, urinate (don’t wipe), change clothes, shower, bathe or "clean up" as this will destroy important evidence. (

Resources for dealing with Sexual Assualt:

    Student Counseling Center — McShain Hall 215.951.1355 or x1355
    Student Health Center — next to Blue and Gold Dining Hall — 215.951.1565 or x1565
    Resident Coordinator on duty (Call Campus Security to have Resident Coordinator paged 215.991.2111 or x2111)
    Campus Security 215.991.2111 or x2111
    SAVE( Sexual and Violence Ends)

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  1. Alcohol depresses nerves that control involuntary actions such as breathing and the gag reflex (which prevents choking). A fatal dose of alcohol will eventually stop these functions. (
  2. Even after a person stops drinking, alcohol in the stomach and intestine continues to enter the bloodstream and circulate throughout the body. It is dangerous to assume the person will be fine by sleeping it off. (
  3. Women become more impaired than men do after drinking the same amount of alcohol, even when differences in body weight are taken into account. This is because women's bodies have less water than men's bodies. (
  4. Rapid binge drinking (which often happens on a bet or a dare) is especially dangerous because the victim can ingest a fatal dose before becoming unconscious. (
  5. 60% of college women who are infected with STDs, including genital herpes and AIDS, report that they were under the influence of alcohol at the time they had intercourse with the infected person. (

Resources for dealing with Drinking:

    Alcohol and Other Drug Education Center — Mc Shain Hall 215.951.1357 or x1357.
    Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) 215.923.7900, Al Anon/ Al Ateen 215.222.5244
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  1. Long term marijuana use can lead to low motivation and sex drive. It can also cause problems with sperm count, menstruation, and erectile dysfunction. (
  2. Large doses of ecstasy can cause severe breathing problems, coma, or even death. (
  3. In the short term, meth causes mind and mood changes such as anxiety, euphoria, and depression. Long-term effects can include chronic fatigue, paranoid or delusional thinking, and permanent psychological damage. (
  4. The impact of hallucinogens (PCP, angel dust, etc.) varies from time to time, so there is no way to know how much self-control you might maintain. They can cause you to mix up your speech, lose control of your muscles, make meaningless movements, and do aggressive or violent things. (
  5. Even one hit of crack or cocaine can kill you, because it can cause heart attacks, strokes, or breathing problems. (

Resources for dealing with Drugs:

    Alcohol and Other Drug Education Center — Mc Shain Hall 215.951.1357 or x1357
    Narcotics Anonymous (NA) 215.440.8400

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  1. Women are 3 times more likely to be stalked than raped. (
  2. Over 1.4 million women and men are stalked in the U.S. each year. (
  3. About a 1 in every 4 stalking victims obtain restraining orders. (
  4. In many, many instances, obtaining a restraining order for a stalker will only make a bad situation worse. From the stalker’s point of view, restraining orders are humiliating. (
  5. Tell a stalker "no" once and only once, and then never give him or heU the satisfaction of a reaction again. The more you respond, the more you teach him or her that their actions will elicit a response. (

Resources for dealing with Stalking :

  • Campus Security 215.991.2111 or x2111
  • Director of Community Standards and Support 215.951.1530 or x1530
  • Senior Associate Dean of Student 215.95.1916

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Breaking the Silence

© 2006 Security On Campus, Inc. Used by permission.

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Hamster Cocktails: The Truth About Hazing

© 2006 Security On Campus, Inc. Used by permission.

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Wasted Youth

© 2006 Security On Campus, Inc. Used by permission.

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