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Same Rules Apply, NO means NO

As Halloween approaches the writers of Her Campus Hampton U thought it would be extremely important to reiterate the importance of “No Meaning No.” To those out there who still try to read between the lines, and try to justify pursuing someone who doesn’t need to be pursued, this message is for you too.

Halloween costumes, Halloween parties, dark nights, scary nights, none of these are excuses to do anything to anyone that isn’t wanted. We just want to let you all know that during this time of year, the most sexual assaults take place. People try to tell us to cover up and not wear revealing clothes instead of telling boys not to rape and keep their hands to themselves. So, we thought we needed to remind our fellow girls how to be protected and how to stand firm in your “NO.”

Rule 1: No Means No!

Rule 2: If you’re drunk and you can’t properly consent, that’s a NO.

Rule 3: If you’re uncomfortable, unsure, and scared to say something, that means NO.

Rule 4: You don’t have to do anything you don’t want to do.

Rule 5: Stay with your friends, make sure they’re actually your friends.

Rule 6: Never leave your drink and walk away from it; if you do get a new cup.

Rule 7: Don’t go anywhere alone in the dark, whether you’re trick or treating or walking to a party, be careful of your surroundings.

Rule 8: The way you dress doesn’t mean you should be raped, your consent is still essential.

Rule 9: Be safe!

Rule 10: Make sure you always have a plan if one fails and you need to get out of the situation.

Lastly, have fun, make memories, but always be cautious and always be willing to protect yourself. No one should be preyed on during a holiday that is meant for candy and costumes; just in case someone didn’t get the memo, here is a reminder to you.

Yinde Newby is a Journalism and Communications major on the pre-law track. Yinde currently is a junior in the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications at Hampton University. Yinde is expected to graduate May of 2018 but she is also a candidate for early gradation securing her spot on the dean’s list since her freshman year. The treasurer of the pre-law society, eldest of 3 girls, and spoken word artist when does she find time to sleep? She is a Fashionista by day and prepping for LSATS by night. Yinde is dedicated to finishing her undergrad at Hampton and going straight to the city either New York or DC for law school. With dreams of becoming a district attorney for the state of Florida hoping to repair the justice that was lost in the Trayvon Martin and Zimmerman case this dream is very dear to her heart. Restoring justice isn’t the only thing on her agenda; she also wants to open up a non-profit called “L.I.S.T.E.N” for fatherless daughters ages 5-18. Knowing the misfortune of an absent father, she wants nothing more than to fill that void immediately for someone else with positive mentoring and unconditional love and support. Yinde wants to do it all so kids aren’t in her future, her dream as a child has always been to work until she’s no longer helping anyone. Interning for online publications like The Odyssey and College Fashionista Yinde loves to keep her hands busy when she finds the time.Determined, driven, humble and modest Yinde wants nothing more than to give her sisters several opportunities to fall back on. Through faith and her mother’s motivational letters Yinde’s manage to become confident in who she is and what she brings to the table, therefore she isn’t afraid to eat alone.
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