Keep Yourself Safe


Circle of 6 App

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A Free App that prevents violence before it happens.  Stay safer with this app on your phone.  Circle of 6 is a great tool that can help you reach out privately when you need help or just need some advice.  You set it up in advance with contact information for the people you choose and then if should ever need it you can connect with them with just a couple clicks.  Download it today!

 

  • With Circle of 6, you can connect with your friends to stay close, stay safe and prevent violence before it happens.
  • The Circle of 6 app for iPhone and Android makes it quick and easy to reach the 6 friends you choose.
  • Need help getting home? Need an interruption? Two touches lets your circle know where you are and how they can help.
  • Icons represent actions; so that no one can tell what you’re up to.
  • Designed for college students, it’s fast, easy-to-use and private.
  • It’s the mobile way to look out for your friends, on campus or when you’re out for the night.

 

Strategies for Avoiding and Resisting Sexual Coercion

  • Communicate well. It won’t stop someone from being coercive, but it will help you identify coercion faster and more confidently. (And your encounters with non-coercive people will be much more likely to be mutually pleasing.)
  • If you encounter pressure, act swiftly. Don’t get pulled into a debate, or a long effort to clarify your limits. These are tactics by which sexually coercive people try to wear you down. Disengage; get help if necessary. Phagans’ is a supportive place—let people know you need help.
  • Build a strong network of friends. Go to social events with those friends. Talk in advance about what you do and don’t want; check in if someone seems to be changing his/her mind. Don’t disappear; don’t abandon each other.
  • Be able to leave, wherever, whenever. Know where you are and how to get back home; don’t go far without money and a phone.
  • Avoid isolation. You’re much more vulnerable if there’s nobody around to intervene. Be wary of anyone who seems in a hurry to get you alone.  You can find privacy without isolation, too.
  • Trust your feelings. Many people learn to set aside their discomfort in sexual situations; don’t. If you’re getting a bad vibe, walk away.
  • Avoid excessive alcohol and/or drugs. If you are really out of it, you won’t be able to protect yourself—or your friends. Know what’s in your drink and don’t leave it unattended. Be skeptical of anyone who is trying to get you drunk.
  • Stand with survivors when they speak out. There is a lot of pressure on survivors to stay silent. Many only ever tell a friend; very few speak in public. Do what you can to listen and offer support.
  • Respond when you see someone in need of help. There’s a lot you can do: help an intoxicated classmate get home; challenge a friend over his pressure tactics; support a roommate who wants to end an increasingly controlling relationship; speak up against disrespectful language. You might even call the police from a party. It’s your community—do what’s necessary to make it safe.

What if these strategies fail? Remember: it is not your fault. The problem is coercion, not vulnerability. Sexual assault is a crime. Talk to someone, get help, report. You don’t have to handle this alone.

 

 

Get Help Now:

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Highly-trained peer advocates offer support, information and advocacy to people who have questions or concerns about their dating relationships. We also provide information and support to concerned friends and family members, teachers, counselors, service providers and members of law enforcement. Free and confidential phone, live chat and textinservices are available 24/7/365.

Chat at www.loveisrespect.org
Text loveis to 22522
Call 1-866-331-9474

 

 

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