Defense Against Crime

27/10/2017

A College Sexual Assault just happened!


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Every 98 seconds, another person experiences sexual assault.

According to many Statistics, 1 in 5 College Women will be sexually assaulted in during their college educations. While many of these happen during dates, or because of alcohol, some are by strangers.

This recent sexual assault  happened on a College Campus in the South East.

  • Location:  Residence Hall
  • Suspects’ status:  At Large

 Incident description:  Female survivor was in her room at residence hall when she heard a knock on the door. She opened the door and the suspect forced his way inside and sexually assaulted her. Suspect fled the scene in an unknown direction.

Suspect Description:   White male, 18 – 20 years of age, 5’08” – 5’10”, medium build, medium length brown hair.

As mentioned above on many college campuses, alcohol plays a large role in sexual assault. An attacker, often someone the person knows, may encourage or force a complainant to drink alcohol and become intoxicated or may take advantage of a complainant’s intoxication to forcibly assault him/her without consent.

Respondents will seek out venues where intoxicated potential victims are likely to be, such as parties and bars. Some will put date-rape drugs, such as GHB, Ketamine, or Rohypnol, into a person’s drink to incapacitate them. GHB, also known as Liquid Ecstasy, relaxes a person’s inhibitions, causing drowsiness, and may result in a loss of consciousness. Ketamine, also known as Special K, makes a person feel as if they are separated from their body and detached from reality. Rohypnol, or Roofies, causes a person to become drowsy, dizzy, and lack motor control and coordination. Respondents may also use pressure to try drugs as part of a social event before luring them away from the group. (See this article Date Rape Drugs)

Here are some other Facts provided by RAINN.org

Sexual violence on campus is pervasive.

  • 11.2% of all students experience rape or sexual assault through physical force, violence, or incapacitation (among all graduate and undergraduate students).2
  • Among graduate and professional students, 8.8% of females and 2.2% of males experience rape or sexual assault through physical force, violence, or incapacitation.
  • Among undergraduate students, 23.1% of females and 5.4% of males experience rape or sexual assault through physical force, violence, or incapacitation.2
  • 4.2% of students have experienced stalking since entering college.2

Student or not, college-age adults are at high risk for sexual violence.

  • Male college-aged students (18-24) are 78% more likely than non-students of the same age to be a victim of rape or sexual assault.1
  • Female college-aged students (18-24) are 20% less likely than non-students of the same age to be a victim of rape or sexual assault.1

 

Approximately 66% of sexual assaults are committed by acquaintances. Many Sexual Assaults are NEVER Reported. To reduce the risk of similar crimes from happening, we recommend that everyone familiarize themselves with what constitutes sexual assault and, as a community, be vigilant in stopping it. For example:

  • Always seek consent. Stop your sexual advances if the other person indicates no interest or if they say “no”. Engaging in any type of sexual activity without the explicit consent of your partner is sexual assault. If either party is under the influence of alcohol, consent cannot be given.
  • The absence of a “no” is not a “yes.”
  • Avoid engaging in, supporting, or encouraging sexual harassment.
  • Do NOT use threats or coercion to engage in sexual activity.
  • Call for help if you witness a violent crime.
  • Do not take advantage of someone who is passed out, incoherent or otherwise incapacitated.
  • Ladies Carry and Use Pepper Spray when needed. (it sends a clear message)
  • Take the RAD Class to learn how to defend yourself.

We have additional tips on our Blog

 

PepperEyes.com Self-Defense Products is dedicated to providing you with the best and most affordable self-defense products, survival and safety products on the market to meet the security needs of you, your family members or your business, by assisting anyone who is unwilling to become a victim of crime.  If you want to take personal responsibility for protection, home security, business security, purchase our high quality discount self-defense products. Survival kits  and arm yourself with the knowledge about self-defense and security products and information of the best way to stay secure in an ever-increasing violent world. In today’s society, being equipped mentally and physically is no longer an option.

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30/07/2017

Crime Do Happen On and Around Campus


According to RAINN.org Every 98 seconds, another person experiences sexual assault,

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Before your leave her at college, prepare her to survive

some of these are college age females like your daughter.

One in five female undergraduates have experienced some kind of sexual assault while in college, according to a new study of students at nine institutions by the Bureau of Justice Statistics.  These numbers have been floating around for decades. Politicians will argue over them, the victims don’t. Under the Clery Act and Title IX schools must report all known criminal activity on their campus. I wonder how many students and parent even bother to look past the pretty ivy to see what the criminal culture is on and around campus.  They are available on the college web site. Be honest did you look?

Just as crimes do happen in and around your subdivision, crimes do happen in and around college campuses. You can actually do an internet search to confirm this.

You should take an active role in increasing your safety or the safety of those you care about. While there’s no way to completely eliminate the chance that something may happen, there are strategies that may reduce your risk or give you the confidence to step in to prevent a sexual assault or other crimes.

Now on the positive site, many campuses put in various systems and educational programs that can help your young adult reduce their chances on being a sexual assault victim.  The have free rides, campus escorts to walk students back to their dorms, self-defense classes like RAD and many more. But these programs are worthless if the student decides to be stupid.

Some  of the campus police officers I spoke to at the College of Charleston and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill  said the biggest factor in sexual assaults is alcohol.  Once these young adult leave home they want to try new things often  in unsafe environments. This is when things can go bad. There was an incident that happened off campus that involved drugs and a young woman being gang raped. If you search this blog you can see similar campus crime stories that we posted. If you search the internet, you can see a lot more.

Just last week  in South Carolina, a college female was abducted and managed to escape her abductors.  However, it is not only females that are victims, four USC male college students who were moving into their apartments were robbed at gun point, forced to give up their wallets and cell phones and taken to an ATM and forced to withdraw cash, assaulted and dumped on a highway.

The point of all that I have written above is to make you aware that crime happens on and off college campuses and it’s up to your young person to arm themselves with the knowledge and tools that will reduce their chances of being part of a campus crime statistic.

I have made a point to write college safety tips in this blog and I will link to some of them below.

Here are some basic ones.

  • Trust your instincts, if it does not feel right…leave
  • Always beware of your surroundings don’t walk and text, and try to avoid dark places or areas you’re not familiar with.
  • If possible try not to be alone. Most criminals seek out single victims.
  • If you find yourself in an unfamiliar place you should plan an escape route in case something does happen. Know where the exits are or places you can hide
  • If you feel you have an opportunity to escape, take it, or be thinking about ways you can get away.
  • Self-Defense knowledge and Self-Defense products can make all the difference.
  • Each situation is different, and this is where knowledge, and training can increase your chances. When you go out, think about what could happen and how you can get away.

RESOURCES

Facts about Alcohol and College Sexual Assaults – https://peppereyes.wordpress.com/2014/07/23/facts-about-alcohol-and-college-sexual-assaults/

Sexual Assaults do happen to College Girls

https://peppereyes.wordpress.com/2012/05/08/sexual-assaults-do-happen-to-college-girls/

Enroll in RAD and Become Safer

https://peppereyes.wordpress.com/2013/09/24/enroll-in-rad-and-become-safer/

College Safety Tips

https://peppereyes.wordpress.com/2016/08/16/college-safety-tips/

Safety Apps

https://peppereyes.wordpress.com/2014/07/08/a-cool-app-that-can-save-your-life/

PepperEyes.com Self-Defense Products is dedicated to providing you with the best and most affordable self-defense products, survival and safety products on the market to meet the security needs of you, your family members or your business, by assisting anyone who is unwilling to become a victim of crime.  If you want to take personal responsibility for protection, home security, business security, purchase our high quality discount self-defense products. Survival kits  and arm yourself with the knowledge about self-defense and security products and information of the best way to stay secure in an ever-increasing violent world. In today’s society, being equipped mentally and physically is no longer an option.

07/09/2016

Running and Jogging Safety, Don’t Forget Your Pepper Spray


What are good ways to avoid trouble when I’m jogging, even if I carry pepper spray?

Here are some tips that will make you a harder target for sexual assaults, muggers and rapist:

  • Pay Attention to everyone, everywhere!
  • Avoid running/jogging at night, definitely avoid Friday and Saturday nights.
  • If possible never run alone. There are far too many drunken young men driving around just looking for trouble.
  • If practical, jog in the early morning. Most rustlers, cut throats, murderers, bounty hunters, desperados, mugs, pugs, thugs, nitwits, halfwits, dimwits, vipers, snipers, con men, Indian agents, Mexican bandits, muggers, buggerers, bushwhackers, hornswoggles, horse thieves, bull dykes, train robbers, bank robbers, ass-kickers, shot-kickers, scumbags, deadbeats, and slugs, will still be in bed.
  • You may like music when you run, try not plugging both ears
  • If you see people ahead who look like trouble or you get a bad feeling, swallow your pride and take a safe detour, or turn around and retrace your course.
  • Be aware of hiding places and blind corners.
  • Carry pepper spray

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04/02/2015

Pepper Spray – Because it works!


The following incident is true and has probably happened around many college town.  Crime Reports also show that it will PepperSpray3happen again. This story took place near the campus of a popular college in South Carolina.  Some of the details have been altered as to protect the innocent.

Time:  9:15 PM (2115 Hours)

Suspects’ status:  At Large

Suspect Description:   Male, 5’10” tall, wearing a dark hoodie and blue jeans

Incident description:  The victim was walking to a vehicle parked in the area of Hamilton Street and Jefferson Street. The suspect struck the victim with an elbow while the victim was leaning over and then struck the victim in the face, possibly with glass. The victim fought back spraying the suspect with pepper spray. The suspect fled the scene.

Important Message:  It is important to note that the victim/survivor is never the cause of the criminal offense.  The College does not tolerate this behavior.

Here is some safety Tips:

  • Avoid confrontation with individuals you encounter.
  • If the choice is fight or flight, try flight.
  • If you can fell, do what you must to protect yourself, many colleges offer a FREE RAD Course. And of course if you must fight, be ready with Pepper Spray or a Stun Gun
  • Avoid becoming involved in incidents you observe.
  • Use well-lit- routes, avoid dark vacant areas, and those not frequented by other people.
  • Avoid walking alone at night.
  • Be alert and aware of your surroundings at all times.
  • Avoid distractions like talking on your cell phone.
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23/07/2014

Facts about Alcohol and College Sexual Assaults


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Once Young Adults leave home from the watchful eyes of their parents, it seems that for many the ability to make wise choices is often something they leave home as well. Once they are in college they begin to experiment with alcohol.  Unfortunately for many, this is when things don’t go as planned.

Conservative estimates of sexual assault prevalence suggest that 20 to 25 percent of American women have experienced sexual assault, including rape. Approximately one-half of those cases involve alcohol consumption by the perpetrator, victim, or both parties. Alcohol contributes to sexual assault through multiple pathways, often escalating existing risk factors. Beliefs about alcohol’s effects on sexual and aggressive behavior, stereotypes about drinking students, and alcohol’s effects on cognitive and motor skills contribute to alcohol-involved sexual assault. The lines of Consent become blurred in the minds of one or both parties

Here are some interesting findings

  • Alcohol use can contribute to an atmosphere where anything goes, including rape by individuals or groups of Males.
  • Perpetrators use many forms of coercion, threats and manipulation to rape their victim including alcohol and drugs. Alcohol, Rohypnol and other drugs are often used to incapacitate victims.
  • Alcohol slows reflexes and can impair the victim’s ability to recognize a potentially dangerous situation
  • Alcohol impairs judgment and lowers inhibitions, making some people more likely to force sex on an unwilling partner.
  • Males who have committed sexual assault also frequently report getting their female companion drunk as a way of making it easier to talk or force her into having sex. (Abbey, A., McAuslan, P. & Ross, L. Sexual Assault Perpetration by College Males: The Role of Alcohol, Misperception of Sexual Intent, and Sexual Beliefs and Experiences. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 17, 167-195. 1998.)
  • An incapacitated person does not forfeit his/her rights. In Michigan when someone is drunk, she or he is unable to give consent. If you have sex with someone who is passed out or incapable of giving consent, it will be considered SEXUAL ASSAULT
  • Males are more likely than Females to assume that a woman who drinks alcohol on a date is a willing sex partner. Of Males who think this way, 40% also believe it is acceptable to force sex on an intoxicated woman. (Journal of American College Health, 1991)
  • Under the influence of alcohol, Males are more likely to interpret a woman’s smile, laughter, clothes or body language as evidence that she wants to have sex.
  • Alcohol use at the time of the attack was found to be one of the four strongest predictors of a college woman being raped. (Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology)
  • Although the new reports has labeled drugs such as Rohypnol and GHB as the date-rape drugs of the present, these are only two of the many drugs used to incapacitate a victim. Of the 22 substances used in drug-facilitated rapes, alcohol is the most common. (LeBeau, M., et al., Recomendationss for Toxicological Investigations of Drug Facilitated Sexual Assaults, Journal of Forensic Sciences. 1999.)
  • At least 80% of college students who had unwanted sex were under the influence of alcohol. (Core Institute, University of Southern Illinois, 1995)
  • Alcohol is many times a common factor in most cases of dating violence. Of campus sexual assaults, 75% involved the consumption of alcohol by the victim and/or the perpetrator. (Caponera, 1998)
  • Of those involved in acquaintance rape, 75% of Males and 55% of Females had been drinking or taking drugs prior to the incident. (Caponera, B, 1998)
  • In 55% of campus sexual assaults, the offender and/or victim were drinking or using drugs (“The Rape Victim: Clinical and Community Interventions,” Sage Library of Social Research, 1991)
  • 60% of Sexual Assaults are never reported and legal agency.
  • 97% Of rapist never spend one day in Jail.

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