How To Protect Yourself From Sexual
If you are a female, chances are 1 in 10 that you
will be a victim of sexual assault. The attacker makes
no distinction between age, race, appearance or any
Common sense is your best defense against attack.
Because every rape is different, thereís no one solution
for thwarting an attack.
If you are attacked, evaluate the situation and look
for ways to escape. Some women have avoided rape by
talking their way out of it, acting crazy or fighting
back. A kick in the groin isnít usually successful
because men instinctively protect this area, and you may
lose your balance. If you decide to respond physically,
remember that your first priority is to get away. Act
quickly and derisively to throw the attacker off guard
while you escape.
After an attack:
- Go to a safe place.
- Call the police.
- Preserve evidence Ė donít shower or douche; blood
and semen are important evidence. And donít change
your clothes or disturb the scene of the crime.
- Get medical care.
Medical attention is vital! Many hospitals provide
free care for rape victims and offer pregnancy
prevention and venereal disease treatment. Remember,
even if you do get treatment immediately, follow-up
tests for V.D. and AIDS are essential.
Never be embarrassed because of the incident. Though
difficult to talk about, it is important to tell doctors
what sex act took place so they will know what medical
attention is needed.
Try to remember in detail your exact experience, for
police records. Give as accurate and complete
description of your assailant as possible. This is
extremely important! Your complete co-operation with
local authorities may help in preventing similar attacks
on other girls and women.