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Rape prevention measures

Updated December 23, 2009

Defense against rape

  • Get your mind set in advance that if something happens you will stay in control of yourself long enough to take a fast offense to free yourself to get away, even if it means hurting the attacker.
  • If you are accosted, strike out immediately at the assailantís most vulnerable spots: eyes, nose, throat, groin, knees, and/or toes. Gouge and hit, and do it hard.
  • Use your natural weapons: fingernails, fists, feet and teeth.
  • Donít wait for the assailant to recover from your initial offense. Strike fast and get away fast.
  • Be wary of using guns, knives or tear gas canisters since the assailant may have his own weapons, or take yours away and turn them on you.

Avoiding rape

  • Be aware, be calm and be suspicious.
  • Never hitchhike or pick up hitchhikers.
  • Avoid dark streets, high and dense bushes, and out-of-the-way places.
  • Walk near the curb.
  • If you see something or someone suspicious when youíre walking, turn away from them and go quickly to the nearest group of people, or at least to a lighted area.
  • Avoid being alone in apartment laundry rooms or laundromats.
  • Donít have both arms full of books or packages when youíre out. Keep one arm free, and have keys ready as you approach your locked home, office or car door.
  • Leave lights on inside and out when youíre away from your house during evening hours, and have a few lights on timers even when youíre home.
  • When youíre home, keep doors and accessible windows locked and secured.
  • Have a one-way viewer on your door so you can see out, and donít open your door to strangers.
  • Use common sense. Avoid unnecessary risks, especially when youíre alone.

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