Defense Against Crime

29/01/2018

College Sexual Assault is more than just statistics.


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

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Sexual violence affects hundreds of thousands of Americans each year. While we’re making progress — the number of assaults has fallen by more than half since 1993 — even today, only 6 out of every 1,000 rapists will end up in prison.   You have seen these numbers; you may have even heard that 1 in 5 College females will be victims of a sexual assault.

Those number in those statistics are more than just numbers – they represent actual people who have been violated. That number is someone’s daughter, someone’s girlfriend, or someone’s spouse.  That number is a crime victim.

A southern college campus recently posted information in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act.  We have altered some of the details as they are not relevant to this post.  We desire that every college student is aware of such crimes.

  • Incident:  Sex Offense – Fondling
  • Date:  January 2018
  • Time:  9:05PM – 9:10PM
  • Reported to:    City Police Department and College Public Safety
  • Location:  Streets near a college campus
  • Suspects’ status:  At-Large (later captured)

Incident description: the Female victim was walking west on Banana Street near Orange Street and was approached by a male suspect. The male suspect grabbed the victim’s breast and then ran to a dark gray or black pickup truck which was parked on Orange Street just south of Banana Street. The suspect fled the area southbound on Orange Street towards Grape Street.

This suspect may have been involved in a simple assault of a female victim in the area of ORANGE Street and Apple Street at approximately 8:50PM.

Suspect Description: White Male; Early to Mid 20s; 5’06”- 5’08”; Heavy Set; Dark Curly Hair; Mustache/Beard; Long Sleeve Brown Flannel Shirt; and Dark Color Pants.

Import Message:  It is important to note that the victim/survivor is never the cause of the criminal offense.

Acquaintances, friends, or current/former romantic partners may assume that since they have had prior intimate encounters, they do not require consent for future sexual acts. Each sexual act requires verbal consent, otherwise, it is a crime. Tactics used by a respondent known to the complainant may include intruding into the complainant’s personal space physically, though seemingly accidental touches or casual hugs or touches. The respondent may play on the complainant’s emotional vulnerability or empathy by “sharing” personal information or stories so that he/she lowers their defenses. The complainant may feel uneasy and uncomfortable, but the respondent assures them that nothing is wrong and continues their assault, ignoring requests to stop.

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 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.

Approximately 66% of sexual assaults are committed by acquaintances. 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

To Reduce your changes

  • Take a Self-Defense Class like RAD.
  • Carry Pepper Spray
  • Walk with friends when possible.

 

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. By Victor Swindell

 

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01/04/2015

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month


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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month! The #SAAM 2017 campaign is: It’s time to act. Safer campuses. Brighter Futures. Prevent sexual violence. http://www.nsvrc.org/saam

This blog has many articles on the facts of Sexual Assault and you can search our index to read many of them.   This simple fact is that sexual assault affects many lives—both directly and indirectly. It is a crime that spans across age, sexual orientation, religion, and gender, and affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels.  According to the 2014 US Department of Justice crime data, about 1-in-5 women and 1-in-71 men are victims of a Sexual Assault in their lifetimes in the United States. Together, that’s more than 23.6 million survivors.  Also according to that data one sexual assault happens every two minutes.

While precise legal definitions of sexual assault and rape vary by states and jurisdictions here are some guidelines:

Sexual Assault is the sexual exploitation, forcible penetration, or an act of sexual contact on the body of another person, male or female, without his or her consent.

Rape is an act of power and control, in which the victim is humiliated, degraded, and left with feelings of shame, guilt, and anger.  If you did not give consent or are forced to have sex with someone, then it’s rape.

No matter what the circumstances of the crime are, sexual violence is a weapon used by perpetrators to hurt and dominate others—motivated by a need to control, humiliate and harm. It is never a survivor’s fault.

Victims of sexual assault often experience an overwhelming feeling of vulnerability, violation, and powerless. Many will blame themselves, reliving the experience to see how they could have changed the outcome. Many people are confused about sexual assault. I’ve had people ask me “Is this sexual assault?” many times. Types of sexual assault span a huge continuum, ranging from verbal sexual abuse, harassment to forcible rape and I hope this page will help to answer these questions. Everyone has the right to heal from these violations. Sexual Assault is never EVER the victim’s fault. 

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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. Victor Swindell -writer

23/03/2015

Female Dorm Break in’s at Claflin University


I’ve written articles that simply state that  when you send your daughter’s off to college, often they will get an education that they didn’t sign up for.101911_2018_7CyberSecur1.png

To drive this point home on just how real this horrifying crime is several college female students  ave been terrorized by a man who broke into their college dorm room and did some lewd acts.

Several female students told a South Carolina magistrate the Claflin University campus they have been terrorized by a man who broke into their doom rooms.

Here are some examples of the reported incidents:

  • The police reports state that the suspect  broke into the Student Residential Center North where he then made his way to a female student’s room early on Thursday morning. The suspect then “did lift the bed covers off of the female victim and did masturbate while looking at her,” the report: states. The suspect fled when the victim woke up.
  • Another female student in a different room said she woke up when she felt her bed covers being removed and someone touching her.  “He came in at 3:55 (a.m.),” the female student said during Friday’s hearing. “I awoke, someone touching me, my butt. “There was a man in our room. He could have been taking pictures of my body parts.”She said she screamed when she realized what was happening. The suspect then fled, but she chased him, injuring herself on glass broken out of the doorway where the man broke in.
  • Another female student said she gradually realized someone was in her room and that someone was sneaking out. “I jumped up and locked the door,” she said.
  • A female student at the hearing left the courtroom in tears. She returned about 10 minutes later. She did not want to address the court.

“I shouldn’t have to be in danger while I am away from my family,” one female student said through tears Friday during a bond hearing for a college male arrested in connection with these incidents.

As a father, I am concerned about my my daughter safety so they know the basics.

  • ALWAYS Keep you doors locked, even when you are home
  • ALWAYS Watch your surroundings
  • If you feel funny like someone is watching you or following you, go somewhere safe.

I’ve also gotten them Pepper Spray, and showed them how to use it.

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I’ve also gotten them door alarms, and other dorm security products for their dorm rooms so that while they are sleeping, if anyone tries to open their doors they will know.

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In addition to self-defense products, many college offer FREE RAD Classes. Make sure your daughters take this class, and take it often.

Please review this blog for more great self-defense info for college women.

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26/02/2015

College Sexual Assault: The Hunting Ground


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1 in 5 College Women WILL BE Sexually Assaulted according to years of Statistical data gathered at the US Department of Justice.

Now you can have the chance to see how real it is in the new film the Hunting Ground.  The Hunting Ground among other things examines a sexual assault accusation against a Notre Dame football player in 2010. The Hunting Ground features a group of survivors who faced harsh retaliation and harassment for reporting that they had been raped. The film focuses on institutional cover-ups and the brutal backlash against survivors at campuses such as Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USC and the University of California-Berkeley, among others. Some of this may be hard to watch, but I think it should be required for all college females and their parents.

For more information check out this link. :New film gives a chilling account of sexual assault on college campuses

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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.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 have 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., Recommendations 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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