According to the Stalking Resource Center of the National Center for Victims of Crime, people associated with colleges and universities are more likely to be stalked than those outside academia. Stalking and harassment can involve a range of threatening activities in-person or online. According to an article written by Kathleen Washburn, harassment can have significant adverse effects on the victim’s academic or job performance as well as on his or her physical and mental health.
How can you, as a manager of a college campus store, help in efforts to reduce stalking and harassment and bring awareness to the issue? Here are some simple tips for your store.
Harassment Training for Employees
Since most of your employees are likely college students or college aged, it is especially vital that they go through an employee harassment training so they know how to recognize, avoid, and handle situations. There are many resources available for small business to provide employee harassment training. Check out this article for the 8 best anti-harassment training programs for 2021.
Portable Safety Sirens
Another way your store can help in the fight to prevent harassment and stalking is to carry safety products for students to purchase. The Douglas Stewart Company recommends stocking portable safety sirens such as the Rayovac Power Protect Safety Siren. This all-in-one device is a 100dB panic alarm, an LED flashlight, and a portable charger. It’s designed to fit in any backpack, purse, or large pocket to easily be carried while jogging or walking. Compatible with most USB connections, it holds enough power to recharge your mobile phone up to 100%. The LED battery gauge indicator shows charge and discharge status.
Rayovac Power Protect Safety Siren and Portable Charger
Students often travel at night, whether for classes, work, exercise, or other activities. Night brings significant more risk to students which is why it is helpful and important for your campus store to carry night safety products. Here are two that Douglas Stewart recommends.
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