Six Things Young Women Need to do Before Going to College

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According to the United States Justice Department, one in five college women will be the victim of a sexual assault or an attempted one. The first semester of college is known as the “red zone’ a time when young women are most at risk. Chicago area gynecologist, Dr. M. Susan Scanlon provides, “The Gyne’s Guide for College Women: How to Have a Healthy, Safe and Happy Four Years”.  Dr. Scanlon gives these six things to better prepare young women in order to cut their risk of sexual assault and other issues dramatically.

  • Take a self defense class. It will make protecting yourself an instinct rather than a reaction
  • Review a blood alcohol calculator website to learn your alcohol limit and stick to it.
  • Load safety apps on your phone like Circle of 6 and Companion. Input the campus shuttle schedule and load a taxi app on your phone.
  • Plan your contraception method before you are sexually active. Keep condoms in your purse to protect against STDs.
  • Practice the power of the word no and other key phrases you can use to get yourself out of bad situations.
  • Ask yourself what type of woman am I and what are my boundaries. Apply your personal values to the situations you will face in college.

Dr. Scanlon leads a team of experts conducting interactive college prep workshops around the country for young women and their mothers. The workshops include self defense classes, mock scenarios with young men, information about alcohol, safety apps, contraception, sexually transmitted diseases, dorm room workouts, stress management and healthy eating tips.




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