start in a variety of places but NEVER forget to
think about your personal safety. Here are just
a few tips to stay safe!
too much personal information about yourself
when you first meet someone e.g. your home
address, work details etc. Give yourself time to
discover exactly who you are dealing with and
whether they can be trusted.
If you agree to
call a stranger remember that your number will
be revealed to that person unless you purposely
withhold it. Both BT and Virgin Media enable you to do
this by preceding any phone number with 141.
Other telephone/mobile companies offer similar
services some of which can be access via your
phone (contact them for details).
arranging your first meet choose a public
place. Do not agree to meet anywhere
isolated or unfamiliar as you could put
yourself at risk of an attack.
meeting a stranger always try and tell a
friend or someone you can confide in. Give
them as much detail about the person and
your plans with them (e.g. name, phone
number, description, location and time of
meet etc.). If you are unable to tell anyone
consider writing this information down and
leaving it in a place where IF something
were to happen to you it would be possible
to trace your whereabouts.
someone home? Hide tempting pocketsize
objects, which could get stolen (e.g. money,
credit cards, car keys etc.). Also try never
to give the impression that you live alone -
mention you live with a flat mate or are
expecting friends later - anything to deter
a person who might be intending to rob, drug
or assault you.
One last word of
advice - always have the attitude that someone
is not to be trusted until otherwise proven. If
things start off badly take that as a warning!
If you have been
attacked or witnessed a homophobic crime it is
vital that you report the incident quickly.
Click here for more information on what to do.