Rape is a sexual act committed against a persons will.
It's a violent crime:
Thousands of rapes are reported each year. Thusands more go unreported.
Rapes occur at all times of day. They can happen anywhere, from home to the street.
There is no “typical” rapist or victim.
The come from:
all age, ethnic and economic groups.
all secual orientations.
Rapists can be strangers, friends, family, acquaintances or dates. Most rapes are committed by someone the victim knows.
Most rape victims are females, but males can also be raped. While this article focuses on women, much of the information can be used by men .
Myths and facts about rape:
A rapist wants sexual satisfaction.
Rapists use rape to hurt and humiliate their victims. Its an act or power, not sexual desire.
Many women falsely report rapes to get back at men.
Usually the opposite is true – most rapes go unreported because victims feel ashamed or afraid no one will believe them.
People who wear seductive clothing are asking to be raped.
No one wants to be raped, no matter what he or she is wearing.
Some ways to reduce the risk of rape:
1. At Home:
Avoid being alone in isolated places such as elevators, garages and laundry rooms.
Leave some lights on shen you're out.
Install a peephole and deadbolt locks.
On dates or in social situations:
Avoid alcohol and other drugs. They can affect judgment.
Don't leave your drink alone or drink something you didn't get or open yourself. “Date rape drugs” mixed in drinks can put you at risk.
Make your sexual limits clear.
Have your own ride.
Avoid secluded places.
Avoid people who ignore your feelings, try to make decisions for you or act in an intimidating way.
If you feel threatened, get away as quickly as possible:
Plan you route and walk confidently.
If you're being followed, go into a store or other area with people, or knock on a door for help.
Avoid alleys and other isolated spots.
Don''t wear headphones – staying alert is important!
In your car:
Have your keys ready when nearing your car.
Check the back seat and underneath the car (from a distance) before getting in.
Keep your doors locked.
Consider carrying a mobile phone for extra safety.
Never hitchhike or pick up a hitchhiker.
On public transportation:
While waiting for public transportation, stand near others in well-lit areas.
Sit near the driver or conductor.
Avoid isolated subway cars and bus or train stops.
If you're attacked, therer's no single best way to react. But here are some general tips:
Trust your instincts and act quickly. Your greatest chance at escape is usually when an attack begins. Depending on your situation, you may decide to:
run or scream for help.
Kick, hit, bit, scratch, etc.
Remember, your goal is survival. If you believe resisting would put your life in greater danger, cooperate. Don't blame yourself later for what you did – or did not – do.
Its best not to carry a weapon unless you're properly trained to use it Weapons can be turned against you. If you decide to carry a weapon, follow state laws.
A course in self-defence can help you think clearly and react quickly.
Remember – rape is never the victim's fault.
If you're raped or assaulted:
Get to a safe place, and call a friend or rape crisis center so someone can be with you.
Get medical attention – go to the hospital as soon as pssible. Don't shower, brush your teeth, douche or change your clothes. Doing so might destroy medical evidence.
Report the rape to the police or sheriff. If you're 18 or over, the decision is yours. Remember that reporting attacks is an important part of ending violence against women.
Later, get continued help and support from a therapist to rape crisis center. You can also call a rape hotline, such as the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network 9
(RAINN) at 1-800-656-HOPE (1-800-6564673)