- Always post emergency numbers and your address by the telephone for your babysitter.
- Leave a number where you can be reached and other information the sitter might need.
- About one-third of sexual assaults occur in the victim's home.
- About 40 percent of sexual assaults are committed by persons known to the victims such as dates, acquaintances, neighbors, co-workers, or even spouses.
- rapes also occur in the street, in school yards, and in parking lots. Be alert to your surroundings and to the people around you.
- Call the local rape crisis center to sign up for prevention and self-defense classes.
- Many strategies are involved with rape avoidance. Studies show that a combination of screaming, physical resistance, and fleeing is most effective.
- Always lock your car doors even when you will be gone only a few minutes.
- Lock your doors when driving.
- Park in well-lighted areas, and observe your surroundings when you leave your car at night.
- Always have your car and house keys in hand so you will not have to fumble for them.
- always check the back seat before entering your car.
- keep your car in good working condition.
- If your car breaks down, use distress signals such as putting the hood up, putting a white flag on the aerial, or setting your emergency flashers. Remain in the car with the doors locked. Wait for the police or ask anyone who does stop to send a tow truck or the police. Be wary of accepting help from strangers.
- If you are followed by another car, honk your horn all the way to the nearest gas station, police station, fire station, or lighted home.
- If someone threatens you while you are in your car, lock all doors and blow the horn in short bursts to attract attention.
- Do not pick up hitchhikers.
On the Street
- Walk confidently. Be alert. Notice who passes you and who is behind you.
- Walk in well-lighted areas. Do not walk near bushes, alleys, etc.
- Wear clothes and shoes that give you freedom of movement.
- Do not overburden yourself with bags or packages that might make running difficult.
- Carry as little cash as possible. Carry a whistle or freon? horn.
- Hold your purse tightly, close to your body. Keep your wallet in a front pocket, buttoned hip pocket or inside coat pocket.
- Do not hitchhike.
- If someone in a car stops you for directions or information, always reply from a safe distance. Never get too close to the car.
- If an auto driver persists in bothering you, cross the street and walk or run in the opposite direction.
- If you feel someone is following you, turn around and check. Proceed to the nearest lighted house or place of business.
- If you feel you are in danger, do not be afraid to scream and run.
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