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How To Protect Yourself

Trust Your Feelings:
If you’re feeling scared, confused, or just uncomfortable, there’s probably a good reason.

Remember That You Could Be At Risk:
Anyone can be a victim. It’s easier to think about protecting yourself if you know it could happen o you, no just to other people.

Think About Situations That Could Be Or Are Unsafe:
Avoid them, or make sure someone you trust is with you. Talk about it with someone you trust too.

Don’t Be Afraid To Ask For Help:
If you’re in danger or are afraid, it’s smart to ask someone for help. It’s not a sign of weakness. It’s just common sense.

Don’t Try To Handle Everything On Your Own:
If something has happened to you, or if you’re afraid or confused, a counsellor, or another adult or friend you really trust can help you talk through your feelings or direct you to appropriate help.

Use Common Sense Defense Rules:
(the ones you’ve always heard)

  • Don’t walk alone at night.
  • Don’t take rides from people you don’t know.
  • Get your own drinks at parties.
  • … and all the others… they make sense!!

Say What You Mean And What You Want:
If someone is pressuring you, you can say NO!  If someone touches you in a way you don’t like or that is confusing, leave and talk to someone about it. Don’t let friends talk you into something that seems scary, unsafe, or against your values. Trust your feelings.

Adapted from: Search Institute In-class Activity 14.4