Miami University students have been plagued over the past week with rumors of break-ins, stalkers and violence. Some women have armed themselves with pepper spray, pocket knives and other methods of staying safe.
But for many, the danger is not isolated to this week alone.
With Miami’s rate of sexual assault cases, some feel a need to carry different objects to feel safe whenever walking alone at night.
One woman walks with keys jutting out between her fingers.
Another carries a pocket knife when she feels really threatened, while another calls her brother when she finds herself on campus alone.
As rumors continue to spread and arrests begin to be made, the things they carry remain within reach.