Sexual Assault Awareness

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
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