There can never be a guarantee that sexual assault will not be a part of your life experience. Taking steps to protect yourself can lower the risks. Remember: trust your feelings or intuition. If you feel unsure about anything, listen to your feelings and get out of the situation.
- Keep entrances well lit.
- Secure doors and windows. Use dead bolts, reinforce knob locks, use window lock keys, and install peep holes.
- If you live alone, leave your first name off mailboxes and add another person’s name along with your own.
- Know your neighbors and be aware of strangers in your neighborhood.
- Require identification from service people before letting them into your house.
- If you think someone is in your home, don’t go in. Call the police from a nearby phone.
- Have emergency numbers near the phone.
ON THE STREET:
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Wear comfortable clothing and shoes, so you’ll be able to move fast if you get into a tight spot.
- Avoid isolated or dark places. If someone is following you, go to a public phone and call 911.
- Walk at a steady pace, keep your head up and look confident.
- Yell “Fire” instead of “Help” if you need assistance.
- Carry a whistle or other noisemaker. The sound may scare off an attacker.
- Have car keys ready before you get into your car.
- Once there, check your back seat before entering and lock all windows and doors.