October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month:
Anyone can track your computer activity. If you are in danger, please call 911 or the National Domestic Violence Hotline (1-800-799-SAFE). Consider using a safer computer such as one from the library or a friend’s house.
Men can take responsibility by supporting, educating and mentoring the young of tomorrow through Men Can Stop Rape.
How Can I Protect Myself From Being Sexually Assaulted?
There are things you can do to reduce your chances of being sexually assaulted. Follow these tips from the National Crime Prevention Council:
- Be aware of your surroundings — who’s out there and what’s going on.
- Walk with confidence. The more confident you look, the stronger you appear.
- Don’t let drugs or alcohol cloud your judgment.
- Be assertive — don’t let anyone violate your space.
- Trust your instincts. If you feel uncomfortable in your surroundings, leave.
- Don’t prop open self-locking doors.
- Lock your door and your windows, even if you leave for just a few minutes.
- Watch your keys. Don’t lend them. Don’t leave them on the door. Don’t lose them. And don’t put your name and address on the key ring.
- Watch out for unwanted visitors. Know who’s on the other side of the door before you open it.
- Be wary of isolated spots, like underground garages, offices after business hours, and apartment laundry rooms.
- Avoid walking or jogging alone, especially at night. Vary your route. Stay in well-traveled, well-lit areas.
- Have your key ready to use before you reach the door — home, car, or work.
- Park in well-lit areas and lock the car, even if you’ll only be gone a few minutes.
- Drive on well-traveled streets, with doors and windows locked.
- Never hitchhike or pick up a hitchhiker.
- Keep your car in good shape with plenty of gas in the tank. In case of car trouble, call for help on your cell phone. If you don’t have a phone, put the hood up, lock the doors, and put a sign in the rear mirror that says, “Help. Call police”