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How to be safe while on a date

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How to take care of yourself — and others — while you’re searching for your soulmate

We hear horror stories about date rape and murder every day, yet most of us never think about the fact that we could be the one they’re talking about in the next headline.  So how do you date safe?  College News has some pointers so that you have a great time on your date, but stay safe too.

Don’t get involved with someone you met on Facebook or Twitter

You seriously never know who you’re actually talking to, and more times than not, the people you meet on the internet aren’t who they seem.  If you really want to date online use a website that specializes in dating.  These sites screen their members before letting them join and are much more regulated than social networking sites.

If you don’t know the person well, never go on the first date alone

If you don’t know the person well, then always, always, always bring an escort. You could try to make it a group thing, or perhaps a double date. But seriously, don’t put yourself in a situation where you could be hurt or taken advantage of.

Stay in control

When you are on a first date, take it easy on the alcohol, as people tend to do things that we wouldn’t normally do when we’re drinking. Set a two drink limitation on yourself and call a cab home afterward.  If you do drink, make sure you’re ordering it for yourself.

Never let someone get a drink for you while you’re in the bathroom and keep a close eye on your glass at all times. People can get pretty crafty when they want to slip you a pill. If they do, you’re going to be at a severe disadvantage.

Always let a friend know exactly where you are at all times

Give your best girl/guy the address of where you plan to be, the phone number and first and last name of your date.  Tell them when you plan to be home, and that they should call you, and then the police if they don’t hear from you by then.

Trust your instincts.

If something seems out of the ordinary to you, chances are you’re in a dangerous situation.  Don’t ever go anywhere or do anything you feel uncomfortable with, and make it known to your date that you have every intention on protecting yourself. Be careful when you date!

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