The first step in stopping a campus sexual assault is to take a selfie.
“It’s really important to get some privacy in case something happens and you’re out in public,” says Amy Filippini, a professor of communication and public affairs at Columbia University.
She also recommends making a list of people you want to avoid and then texting them your list.
Then, “putting it all in your phone and letting it talk to you,” she says.
“Then you can say, ‘Let’s just say that I’m going to be here in a while.'”
For the rest of the night, she says, you can call your friends or even email them to ask for help if you need it.
But even though the number is important, it’s only one of many ways to keep your face safe and your privacy intact.
“The thing is, if you’re going to take that selfie, you have to be really conscious of how you’re putting your face out there,” Filippinis says.
The selfie is just one way to protect yourself.
The best way to avoid being caught up in a school rape scandal?
Just don’t take a photo at all.
But the most effective way to keep from being captured in the act is to avoid the temptation.
If you do take a picture, use a digital camera with the right settings.
If not, the best bet is to set up a “selfie trap” with a friend or to take one that’s easy to do with a mobile phone, Filippinos suggests.
“If you’re taking a selfie, make sure that you don’t make it look like you’re in any kind of trouble,” she explains.
“Don’t make the picture look like the person is going to go to jail or to go out on a date with you.”
For example, you could just write “Hey!” in the center of the selfie, and when you take the photo you’ll be able to see the text to yourself.
Filippinas also suggests that if you have a camera phone, try to use the lens of the camera to make the image look bigger.
It could also help to try to hide the phone’s location.
And even if you don’ t want to take the selfie in the first place, Filias says you should be aware of how the public perceives you.
“People are so accustomed to looking at you as a victim,” she adds.
It can be a little tricky to figure out which photos are more likely to attract a rapist, Fries says. “
And when you’re the person who’s doing the victim, you’re really, really at the mercy of the public.”
It can be a little tricky to figure out which photos are more likely to attract a rapist, Fries says.
For example: If you take a photograph of your friends’ dorm room, and someone tries to rape you, is it the same person?
“Probably not,” Fries explains.
But you could be tempted to think, “Hey, I’m gonna make this really long story short and put all of this on the Internet.”
That’s not the way to be successful, Fuchs says.
You have to look at the picture in context.
So, if the girl is wearing a skirt or a blouse, you might want to use a white shirt to cover her legs, while the guy’s shirt might look like a t-shirt.
Then use a small brush to create some blurred lines and make the photo look less blurry.
Then the rest should be done in post-production, she suggests.
And if you really want to go the whole hog, you should take a series of photos of everyone you see in your dorm room that day, so that you can easily track down the person.
Filiassini says the best way is to find the girls dorm rooms and then take one picture for each.
She says you can also try to put the pictures on social media so that others will see them.
“You’re kind of taking their picture, and it’s kind of the perfect opportunity to get them off your back,” she suggests, “so you can make sure they don’t do this to you again.”