Taking the necessary precautions could save you from becoming a victim of casual date assault.
Never invite someone you're meeting for the first few times to your home, and don't go to their living space. Public spaces where there are people around are safer.
Always tell a friend or family member about your plans for your first few dates. Let them know where you will be, and what time, and plan a check-in phone call so that if you need to leave early you have a way out. If your location changes, send them a text and let them know where you are headed.