Being safe on campus may seem difficult. According to Dr. Christopher Krebs one in 5 women and one in 16 men are sexually assaulted while in college. (National Institute of Justice) Students can help prevent these assaults with wise decisions such as staying with friends at parties, keeping one’s cell phone charged, avoiding alcohol or at least overindulgence. But is there another precaution we can take to feel safe on campus? Writer Tim Mitchinson thinks so. He writes:
“I have found another way to reduce one’s vulnerability – becoming conscious of the protecting power of God…
“My wife, Bonnie, found this to be true when she was in college. She and a friend had decided to read their literature assignment by the local river. Sitting on a dock, dangling their feet in the water, they were engrossed in their reading and didn’t notice the approach of a stranger. Suddenly, Bonnie heard a sound and saw her friend stand up terrified. Then a large young man jumped on top of Bonnie, knocking her flat on her back and pinning her to the dock. Since she was just inches from the edge of the dock, and he was so much bigger than she, it seemed impossible to fight him off. His intent, she told me later, was clear.
“She began to pray, acknowledging God’s presence. She remembered the Bible promise, ‘God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.’ (Ps. 46: 1). She told her friend to run and get help. When her friend did this, the man got up and ran away. As she walked back toward campus, the man walked up to her and apologized.”
There are more details to this story, each supporting this satisfying outcome. If you’d like to learn more about how to feel safe on campus, Read More here.