The ACU Police have been distributing whistles to all women living on campus, in an effort to provide them with an attention-getting device should they be attacked.
Whistles to stop attackers? Some would call the idea absurd and a waste.
But more and more colleges and universities around the United States have adopted this program, and it looks to be a good fit for ACU as well.
Already response to the whistles has been positive, and many women are complying with the suggestions to carry them. The ACU police department has outlined a good plan should someone be attacked or see an attack taking place. Whistles may be used to alert others that one is in trouble or sounded as someone rushes to help a fellow student. This plan is designed to draw attention to a potentially violent situation, and whistles are necessary safety tools for ACU women.
One might question the $1,885.00 price tag for the whistles considering the current university budget situation. But $1.57 per whistle is a small price if it foils even one assault attempt.
The ACU police and the Counseling Center should be applauded for their joint efforts to educate freshmen and sophomore women about personal safety and healthy relationships. The women of ACU should take responsibility for themselves and their safety after dark and also view the newly-issued whistles as serious defense against potential attacks.