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University employee says active shooter training he received at UNF helped him in a real life situation
UNF employee, Frank Brown, described his recent experience as a hostage during a bank robbery to WJXT4 news. He credits the active shooter training he received at UNF with helping him decide what to do.
What You Can Do When There Is a Bomb Threat
It may seem simple but it is very important to lock your doors, even when you are gone for just a few minutes. Most crimes are crimes of opportunity. It only takes a few seconds for someone to enter your room or your car and take your valuables. We recommend that you always lock your door when your room or your car is unattended. Don’t give someone the opportunity to make you a victim.
We encourage you to contact the University Police Department any time you see something or someone suspicious. This could include an unfamiliar person loitering around campus, a person “cruising” the parking lot or someone trying to sell things door-to-door. We are here to respond to your concerns, so please don’t hesitate to call us. We would rather check out 100 “false alarms” than miss one incident truly needing our attention.
The only person responsible for sexual misconduct is the perpetrator. It is against the law to engage in sexual activities without consent. Someone incapacitated due to alcohol or drugs cannot consent to sexual activity.
With no intent to victim blame and recognizing that only abusers are responsible for their abuse, the following are some strategies to reduce one's risk of sexual assault or harassment:
- If you are uncomfortable with someone's behavior or feel threatened, remove yourself from the situation and, if possible, notify an authority about the situation;
- Don't allow yourself or others to be isolated with someone you don’t trust or someone you don’t know;
- When you go to a social gathering, go with a group of friends and watch out for each other;
- Be aware of your surroundings, avoid isolated areas, and trust your instincts;
- Make sure your cell phone is with you and charged; and
- Don't leave your drink unattended and don't accept drinks from people you don't know or trust.
In addition, bystanders play a critical role in the prevention of sexual assaults and sexual misconduct. Bystanders may not be directly involved, but can intervene, speak up, and call for help. You can make a difference.
Crimes can also be reported confidentially through the UPD’s Silent Witness Program.
If you believe a crime has been committed, call 911 or (904) 620-2800 immediately.
Additional Safety Tips can be found on this webpage.
Sexual Consent: It's as Easy as a Cup of Tea
The most important thing you need before having sex
Be more than a bystander. Do something.
Be aware and help prevent sexual assault
- Consent is voluntary and mutual, and can be withdrawn at any
- Past consent does not mean current or future consent.
- There is no consent when there is force, intimidation, or
- One cannot always consent if
under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
- Talk to your friends honestly
and openly about sexual assault.
- Don’t just be a bystander –
if you see something, intervene in any way you can.
- Trust your gut. If something
looks like it might be a bad situation, it probably is.
- Be direct. Ask someone who looks like they may need help if
- Get someone to help you if you see something – enlist a
friend, RA, bartender, or host to help step in.
- Keep an eye on someone who
has had too much to drink.
- If you see someone who is too intoxicated to consent, enlist
their friends to help them leave safely.
- Recognize the potential danger of someone who talks about
planning to target another person at a party.
- Be aware if someone is deliberately trying to intoxicate,
isolate, or corner someone else.
- Get in the way by creating a distraction, drawing attention
to the situation, or separating them.
- Understand that if someone
does not or cannot consent to sex, it’s rape.
If you are a victim or survivor, or helping someone in that
situation go to notalone.gov to get the resources and information you need.
You can also call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1.800.656.HOPE