Sexual Assault Prevention
Rape is about power, control and anger. Do not mask the facts about rape with myths and stereotypes. Think about the unthinkable.
- Rape is an act of violence. It is an attempt to control & degrade using sex as a weapon.
- Rape can happen to anyone - children, students, wives, mothers, working women, grandmothers, the rich and poor, boys and men.
- Rapists can be anyone - classmates, co-workers, a neighbor or delivery person, ugly or attractive, outgoing or shy, often a friend or family member.
- Rapists commit their crime repeatedly, until they are caught.
- Be alert!!! Walk with confidence and purpose.
- Be aware of your surroundings, know who’s out there and what’s going on.
- Do not let alcohol or other drugs cloud your judgment.
- Be wary of the Date Rape drug Rohypnol. It may be dropped into your drink.
- Do not accept any open drink containers, especially from strangers.
- Mixed drink cocktails are trouble as the drug rapidly dissolves in alcohol.
- Trust your instincts. If a situation, place or person makes you feel uncomfortable, LEAVE !!!!
- Be sure that all doors, including sliders, have sturdy locks. Install a wide angle peephole in the door. Keep the entrances well lighted.
- Never open your door to strangers. Offer to make an emergency call while someone waits outside. Check the ID of any sales or service people before letting them in. Do not feel embarrassed to phone for verification.
- Be wary of isolated spots - apartment laundry rooms, underground garages, parking lots, offices after business hours. Walk with a friend, co-worker, or call for a Police Escort.
- Know your neighbors so you may have someone to call if you are frightened.
- If you come home & see a door or window open or broken, do not go in. Call the Police from a public or neighbor’s phone.
- Avoid walking or running alone, especially at night. Stay in a well lighted, well traveled area.
- Wear clothing & shoes that give you freedom of movement.
- Be careful if anyone in a car asks you for directions. Keep your distance from the car.
- Have your key ready before you reach the door for home, car or office.
- If you think you’re being followed, change your direction & head for the nearest open stores, restaurants, or any well lighted public place.
In your car
- Park in areas that will be well lighted & well traveled when you return.
- Always lock you car, when you get in and when you get out.
- Look around your car & in the back seat before you enter.
- If your car breaks down, lift the hood, lock the doors, & turn on your flashers. Use a Call Police banner o flares. If someone stops, roll your window down slightly & ask the person to call the Police or tow service.
- Never Hitchhike, and Never pick a Hitchhiker up !!!!
When the unthinkable happens
- Try to escape, Scream, Be rude. Make as much noise as possible to discourage your attacker from following you.
- Talk, stall for time, and assess you options.
- If the rapist has a weapon, you may have no choice but to submit in order to survive.
- If you decide to fight back, you must be quick, determined & effective. Target the eyes and/or groin for the focus of your attack.
- Report any sexual assault to the Police or Rape Crisis Center. The sooner you tell, the greater the chances the rapist will be caught.
- Preserve all physical evidence. Do not shower, bathe, change clothing, douche, or throw any clothing away until the Police or Rape Counselor say it’s ok.
- Go to a hospital emergency room or your own doctor for medical care immediately.
- Do not go alone. Ask a friend / family member to go with you; call a rape crisis center.
- Get counseling to help deal with feelings of anger, helplessness, fear, & shame caused by the rape. It helps to talk to someone about rape, whether it happened last night, last week or years ago.
- Remember, rape is not your fault. Do not accept blame for being a victim. IF SOMEONE YOU KNOW HAS BEEN RAPED
- Believe her or him - Do not blame the victim . Offer support, patience, & compassion to help the victim work through the crisis, heal, and emerge a survivor.