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Protect Yourself

Personal Safety is of paramount importance.  One highly discussed topic is sexual assault.  Taking steps to minimize your risk of becoming victimized can pay off in many ways. 

Sexual Assault

Sexual assault is a crime of violence that can occur in any locale. Like many crimes, steps that can be taken to reduce the likelihood of becoming a sexual assault victim.


  • Walk with confidence and purpose.
  • Carry your head in an upright manner.
  • Do not avert your eyes if you must make eye contact.
  • Be alert.
  • Trust your instincts. If a person, place or situation makes you uncomfortable, LEAVE.
  • If you think you are being followed, go to a well-lighted place and where there are other people, such as an open store.


  • Don't walk or jog alone, especially at night.
  • Stay in well-traveled, well-lighted areas.
  • Stay alert when entering your apartment or housing complex. Don't be distracted (by using your cell phone, for example). Criminals look for a weak target. You will enhance your safety by appearing alert and strong.
  • Have your key ready when approaching your car or house door. Lock your doors immediately after you enter your car or home.
  • Be aware of isolated spots: apartment laundry rooms, underground garages, elevators and offices after business hours. See who is in an elevator before entering. If someone appears suspicious, DO NOT ENTER. When in an elevator, stand near the control panel so you can easily press the alarm/emergency button. If a suspicious person enters the elevator after you, quickly exit before the door closes.

At Home:

  • Lock all doors and windows, especially at night. ALWAYS lock the door when you leave. A criminal can be through your door in seconds.
  • Replace locks when you change residences.
  • Do not hide a duplicate key outside.
  • Do not allow strangers to use your phone for emergency calls. Ask them to wait outside while you make the call, or tell them you are unable to help.
  • If you live alone, don't advertise that fact.
  • Have good exterior lights, including motion lights, and leave some interior lights on at night.
  • Either passive or active resistance may be appropriate, depending on the situation. Consider these options:
  • If you choose to resist, scream loudly and resist forcefully. All blows or kicks must be forceful and aimed at vulnerable areas.
  • Any type of weapon or chemical spray could be taken by the attacker and used against you if you are not trained. Remember, it is illegal to carry a gun or certain knives concealed on you.
  • Passive resistance may help defuse the attacker's violence and might provide you the opportunity to persuade the person to cease the attack.
  • A claim of being pregnant, sick or having a sexual disease might deter the attack.

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