Sexual Assault Prevention

One in four women in America is raped at some time in her life. Knowing the facts about rape can help you prevent it. Rape is an act of violence, not sexual passion. In over half of reported rapes, the victims know their attackers, and approximately one-third are attacked in their own homes.

Police believe that rapists tend to prey on women who look frightened, easily intimidated or who seem to be daydreaming.

Reduce The Risk Of Rape At Home

  • Make sure all windows and doors in your home lock securely, and keep them locked whether you’re at home or away.
  • Install a peephole in the door and use it.
  • Verify the identity and legitimacy of any sales or service person before letting him in. Never let a stranger into your home while you’re alone-no matter what the reason.
  • Never give the impression that you are home alone if strangers call or come to the door.
  • If you live alone, use only your initials and last name on mail boxes or directories.
  • If you live in an apartment, avoid being in the garage or laundry room by yourself, especially at night.
  • If you come home and find a door or window open or signs of forced entry, don’t go in. Call the police.

If You’re Attacked

Keep your head. Stay as calm as possible and evaluate your options and resources. It may be more advisable to submit than to resist and risk severe injury or death. You will have to make this decision based on the circumstances. But don’t resist if the attacker has a weapon. Keep assessing the situation as it is happening.

Multiple Strategies

If one strategy doesn’t work, try another. Possible options include:
  • Distracting the Assailant and Fleeing to a Safe Place
  • Negotiating
  • Physical Resistance
  • Screaming
  • Stalling for Time
  • Verbal Assertiveness
You may be able to turn the attacker off with bizarre behavior such as throwing up, acting crazy or picking your nose.

After An Assault or Rape

  • Go to a safe place and call the police. The sooner you report the crime, the greater the chances your attacker will be caught.
  • Do not shower, bathe, douche or destroy any clothing you were wearing.
  • Do not disturb any physical evidence.
  • Go to a hospital emergency room for medical care.
  • Call someone to be with you. You should not be alone.
  • Contact a rape treatment or crisis center to help you deal with the consequences of the assault.