1. Keep your loved ones in the loop
Always let friends and family members know when you plan to go out or better yet, go together. Give all the proper information about where you are going and when you expect to be home. If anything changes regarding your whereabouts during the course of the evening, let them know right away.
2. Provide your own transportation
Just in case you are not enjoying yourself or you feel uncomfortable, you need to have a way to leave, even if you take a taxi or Uber.
3. Meet in a safe place
Never host events at your home or go over to other people’s homes. Meet in public places at a time with many people around. Not only will this decrease your chances of being put in an unsafe situation, but other people may also remember seeing you in that location, in the event that something does happen to you. If a member pressures you, contact the event host or the manager of the event’s location, or leave immediately.
4. Issue with another member
If you have an issue that you cannot resolve yourself, contact the event host.
5. Don’t leave your food or drink unattended
You’ve probably heard of odorless, colorless drugs that can make you disoriented or unconscious. We don’t want to believe that someone at the event will slip anyone any drugs, but it’s better to be safe. Don’t accept a drink from someone you don’t know unless you open it yourself or watch it being prepared by a bartender.
6. Reconsider drinking alcohol
Stay sober. Alcohol lowers your inhibitions and makes it easier for a potential predator to talk you into leaving a public place.
7. Don’t give out your personal info
Guard your personal contact information on any social networking site. On DownToMeet, we never reveal your real name or email address. Only your screen name is visible to others. Additionally, leave personal items at home or in a secure place. You don’t want to risk having personal information stolen.
8. Go with a friend
If you can, go out with at least one other friend — that way, you can keep an eye on each other in case something happens.
9. Check them out online first
The best defense is a good offense. If you look up the group or organizer online and find some questionable info or just get a bad feeling, follow your gut and cancel ASAP.