Defense Against Crime

02/04/2010

About Sexual Assault Awareness Month

It doesn't have to happen to you

 

The month of April has been designated Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence (focusing on sexual assault and rape) and to educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence. 

 By working together and pooling our resources during the month of April, we can highlight sexual violence as a major public health issue and reinforce the need for prevention efforts. 

 Advocates have declared April 5 as a day of action to prevent sexual assault. Please take action and/or pass this message on to your colleagues, coalitions and members. 

 Speak out against violence against women in the military and ask the Pentagon to stop overlooking the sexual violence at our academies and in the battle zones. The Pentagon released a disturbing report on sexual abuse in the military, saying that more than 2,900 sexual assaults were reported last year, up nearly 9%  from the 2008. Nearly two-thirds of the cases involved rape or aggravated assault. One in three female soldiers will experience sexual assault while serving in the military, compared to one in six women in the civilian world, and one in four among college women. 

What Can you Do? 

 Speak up and speak out against sexual violence whenever you have a chance—with peers, colleagues, young people, diverse communities, schools, businesses, religious leaders and civic organizations to name a few.  Take the time to aim yourself with the tools and the knowledge to keep you safe. 

 While you can never completely protect yourself from sexual assault, there are some things you can do to help reduce your risk of being assaulted. 

  • Be mindful of your surroundings. Knowing where you are and who is around you may help you to find a way to get out of a bad situation.
  • Try to avoid isolated areas. It is more difficult to get help if no one is around.
  • Walk with purpose. Even if you don’t know where you are going, act like you do.
  • Trust your instincts. If a situation or location feels unsafe or uncomfortable, it probably isn’t the best place to be.
  • Try not to load yourself down with packages or bags as this can make you appear more vulnerable.
  • Make sure your cell phone is with you and charged and that you have cab money.
  • Don’t allow yourself to be isolated with someone you don’t trust or someone you don’t know.
  • Avoid putting music headphones in both ears so that you can be more aware of your surroundings, especially if you are walking alone.
  • Carry some type of personal protection product, and stun gun or pepper spray can mean all the difference in various situations.

 PepperEyes.com is dedicated to meeting the safety needs of you, your friends, or your family members by assisting anyone who is unwilling to become a victim of crime.  If you want to take personal responsibility for protecting yourself, your family and property arm yourself with our products and the knowledge about the best way to stay safe in an ever increasing violent world. In today’s society being equipped mentally and physically is no longer an option.

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