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Campus Crisis

As many as one in four college women are victims of rape or attempted sexual assault. Learn what you can teach your teen before he or she heads off to college, and the top five safety tips every student needs to know.

Warning Signs?




Dr. Phil turns to Thomas Kane, president of The Campus Safety Zone. "Thomas, obviously, we have someone here who has a problem drawing boundaries. What should a college student do when someone is really kind of stalking them, crowding them, invading their space, not allowing them to be comfortable, even in their own space?"

"Three words: control the situation," he says. "Unfortunately, what happened to Meaghan does happen to college students every year, so you're not alone, Meaghan. It's important that young coeds really empower themselves and take a firm stand."

Dr. Phil tells Meaghan, "If you were my daughter, I'd have told you to say to him, ‘You don't own anything, bucko, and you need to step off,' and if that doesn't work, then I would've been calling the campus police."

Thomas agrees. "You said exactly what I was going to say. The first comment I would've said is, ‘You control nothing. You own nothing, and I don't want to hear it again.' It puts that guy automatically on notice that Meaghan's not going to listen to his garbage."

"Yeah, you teach people how to treat you," Dr. Phil says. "There is such a thing as being too nice. You really do enable people by giving them too much latitude, and you need to put out a boundary and say, ‘You just crossed it, buddy. You don't talk to me that way. You need to leave,' and if they don't leave, you need to call somebody who can enforce that."

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