Sexual Assault Awareness

By: Meredith Stancik Email
By: Meredith Stancik Email

Sexual Assault statistics are alarming. One in six women will be sexually assaulted during their lifetime, and college aged women are four more times likely to become a victim.

So how do you make sure this doesn't happen to you or someone you know?

Experts say there are things we all can do to make sure we don't become a victim. News 3 sat down with experts at the Sexual Assault Resource Center Tuesday who are about to unveil a new campaign to keep you safe. This comes at a perfect time. Students are back in town, and unfortunately many think they are invincible.

"It's not so much that every time something bad will happen it's just that the few times it does, you don't want it to be you," Anna Chowdhury with the Sexual Assault Resource Center said.

Chowdhury is the Director of Advocates at the Sexual Assault Resource Center in Bryan.

In 2007, the organization helped 76 victims and survivors of sexual assault.

"It's just better to be cautious then it is just to be nice to be and be afraid to hurt people's feelings even if you are slightly worried, just air on the side of caution," Chowdhury said.

The organization is unveiling a new campaign, "Watch your Friend, Watch your Drink." These are two tips aimed at keeping you safe.

"When you are going out and you plan on drinking watch your drink, if you leave it, don't come back," Chowdhury said. "Do try to go out in groups and leave in groups."

We went to Northgate to find out if students are following those rules. The ones we talked to said yes.

"Just usually stay in big groups and don't go by yourself or with two people, but we usually have more than that," Texas A&M Student Alli Wadley said.

We then asked students if they feel safe while in Northgate, most said no.

"We get emails from the university every time there is an attempted rape or an assault, it's like it happened in Northgate," one Texas A&M student said.

"It makes you think twice about where you are," another student said.

The scary reality is no matter where you are you can become the victim.

That's why the Sexual Assault Resource Center continues to spread awareness.

For more information or if you have been a victim of sexual assault. You can place a confidential call to the Sexual Assault Resource Center at 731-1000.


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