Rape (cont.)

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. 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 cellular phone. If you don't have a phone, put the hood up, lock the doors, and put a banner in the rear mirror that says, "Help. Call police."