Todays post is not an easy one to sit and type but one that I believe is highly important. The truth is, in times of crisis, the number of women becoming victims of rape is unbelievable. Learning about rape prevention is something that all females can do to proactively protect themselves against a potential assault.
Now I am not going to sit and tell you that by following all of the tips in this guide, you are 100% guaranteed to prevent rape. Anybody that does so is living in a fantasy world. The tips below will teach you how to stay safe in many situations where sexual assault could occur.
If you have fallen victim before, or ever do, to a sexual assault, you are in no way to blame. The perpetrator bears all responsibility and criminal guilt.
Rape destroys lives and is one of the more serious forms of violence. Below, you will find some of the best practices for rape prevention.
Listen to Your Intuition
Although it may be impossible to fully protect yourself from potential sexual assault, it’s important that you don’t put yourself in to dangerous situations. When out walking alone, always be aware of your surroundings, avoid isolated public areas, walk with determination even if you’re lost, trust your gut, keep your cell phone charged and with you, avoid going somewhere alone with a person you don’t know well, and don’t use headphones to listen to music when walking alone.
If you are invited to a party or social gathering, go with a group of friends, stay with the group, and leave with the group. Never leave your drink unattended to avoid the possibility of the drink being spiked and if in doubt, get a new drink.
Be careful what information you share on social media sites. Many social networking sites use a GPS location service that allows your friends to see where you are. If friends can see this, a potential predator can also use this information. These settings can be turned off within your social media app settings.
What to Do If Being Sexually Assaulted
Nobody would like to ever think it would get this far but if it ever does, it is best to learn now what you need to do. You could find yourself in a situation where you feel pressured into sexual activities that you don’t want by a friend or acquaintance. Alternatively, a stranger could break into your home or grab you on the street.
- Make it very clear that you do not want to engage in any kind of sexual activity.
- Before heading out, arrange a special code word with a close friend or family member that you can say if talking on the phone to them to indicate that you are in a dangerous situation and in need of help.
- Make up an excuse as to why you need to leave or that you are having your period, or even that you have a sexually transmitted disease. It doesn’t have to be true as long as they believe it is.
- Look for an escape route from the room.
- If it is getting too much, never be afraid to scream and yell to draw attention to yourself.
- If someone actually attacks you, scratch him with your fingernails and pull his hair, bite, and kick – do anything that will make him let go even for a second. That second is all you need to start running. When you get away, go directly to the police. Do not wash your hands or do anything to destroy or contaminate any physical evidence that you may have on your body.
- If your attacker has a weapon, the above tactics may not work as effectively. Any act of aggression may cause him to become more violent and angry. However, a last resort, violent attack may represent your only hope of escaping rape. If you choose to physically attack an armed aggressor, your action must be unexpected, sudden, and intensely painful. Target his most vulnerable spots, such as testicles, eye sockets, instep, or windpipe with a lethal intention.