Midland College PD Crime Prevention Rape Prevention
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The mission of the Midland College Police Department is to maintain a safe environment for students, staff, and visitors. It is our goal to assist you in any way possible. Your safety is of great importance to us. In keeping with this mission we provide many services to the public.
Sexual assault remains a significant problem on college campuses. At least half of all sexual assault cases involve alcohol and the majority of them occur between people who know each other, most often in a dating situation. Read the following tips to learn about steps you can take to help prevent rape and other forms of sexual assault.
No one who experiences a sexually-charged assault is ever to blame for the actions of their attacker, but alcohol use makes everyone more vulnerable to becoming a victim. Alcohol impairs your judgment, reflexes, and response time, so you should drink in moderation and always have a trusted group of friends around when you drink. Always have a sober friend with you — regardless of whether or not you require a designated driver — so this friend can use their sober judgment to help keep you safe.
Be careful who you trust
Even if you have a class with someone or know them through a friend, you probably don’t have a complete sense of their character. Never let a relatively unknown person make you a drink, or spend time alone with you when you are incapacitated or depressed, thereby vulnerable.
Keep your aggression (and your alcohol consumption) in check
Alcohol can increase aggression. In fact, between 75 and 90 percent of all violence on campus is alcohol-related. Although alcohol itself doesn’t cause violence, many people are more likely to act out their violent feelings when they drink. This increased aggression means that some people are more likely to be sexually violent when they drink. Research has found that when men are under the influence of alcohol, they are likely to interpret a variety of verbal and nonverbal cues as evidence that women are interested in having sex with them. This inaccurate interpretation coupled with increased violence could have dangerous — and illegal — results, so you should always drink in moderation and pay attention to the way alcohol affects you. If you notice that you or anyone you know become more violent under the influence of alcohol, call for advice.
Permission to reproduce these protocols was granted by University of Texas Police Department in Austin, Texas.
The mission of the Midland College Police Department is to maintain a safe environment for students, staff, and visitors.
Room 136, Scharbauer Student Center
MC Main Campus, 3600 North Garfield
Midland, TX 79705
Phone: 432-685-4734 or 432-686-4911