Personal Safety is of paramount importance. One highly discussed topic is sexual assault. Taking steps to minimize your risk of becoming victimized can pay off in many ways.
Sexual assault is
a crime of violence that can occur in any locale. Like many crimes, steps that
can be taken to reduce the likelihood of becoming a sexual assault victim.
- Walk with confidence and purpose.
- Carry your head in an upright manner.
- Do not avert your eyes if you must
make eye contact.
- Be alert.
- Trust your instincts. If a person,
place or situation makes you uncomfortable, LEAVE.
- If you think you are being followed,
go to a well-lighted place and where there are other people,
such as an open store.
- Don't walk or jog alone, especially
- Stay in well-traveled, well-lighted
- Stay alert when entering your
apartment or housing complex. Don't be distracted (by using your cell
phone, for example). Criminals look for a weak target. You will enhance
your safety by appearing alert and strong.
- Have your key ready when approaching
your car or house door. Lock your doors immediately after you enter your
car or home.
- Be aware of isolated spots: apartment
laundry rooms, underground garages, elevators and offices after business
hours. See who is in an elevator before entering. If someone appears
suspicious, DO NOT ENTER. When in an elevator, stand near the control
panel so you can easily press the alarm/emergency button. If a suspicious
person enters the elevator after you, quickly exit before the door closes.
- Lock all doors and windows,
especially at night. ALWAYS lock the door when you leave. A criminal can
be through your door in seconds.
- Replace locks when you change
- Do not hide a duplicate key outside.
- Do not allow strangers to use your
phone for emergency calls. Ask them to wait outside while you make the
call, or tell them you are unable to help.
- If you live alone, don't
advertise that fact.
- Have good exterior lights, including
motion lights, and leave some interior lights on at night.
IF YOU ARE ATTACKED:
- Either passive or active resistance may be appropriate, depending on the situation. Consider these options:
- If you choose to resist, scream loudly and resist forcefully. All blows or kicks must be forceful and aimed at vulnerable areas.
- Any type of weapon or chemical spray could be taken by the attacker and used against you if you are not trained. Remember, it is illegal to carry a gun or certain knives concealed on you.
- Passive resistance may help defuse the attacker's violence and might provide you the opportunity to persuade the person to cease the attack.
- A claim of being pregnant, sick or having a sexual disease might deter the attack.