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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Be careful when off Campus

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

02/11/2009

Three things you can to help make you safer


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Are you prepared?

Almost all Law enforcement agencies throughout this country, and in many other parts of the planet, use a wide array of personal protection products like stun guns, stun batons, pepper sprays, tear gas, batons, and tasers.  With these devices police officers, corrections officers, private security personnel, and even military personnel have a safer technology to resolve use-of-force encounters with minimal risks to themselves.

WHY? It is easy to explain-THEY WORK. Personal protection products provide another alternative to deadly force. As such they save lives. You can’t recall one incident where some one killed their little sister when they found their mom’s pepper spray. But how many children have been killed because of irresponsible parents leave an easily accessible loaded gun where someone other than them can get a hold of it.

SO WHY SHOULD YOU HAVE PROTECTION?

Are you prepared to encounter a criminal today?  With everything that is happening in our society today, chances are that you may become the next victim of a crime!  The law enforcement community will tell you that crime can happen to anyone, anyplace and anytime.  It can happen at your workplace. It can happen when you are at the ATM.  It can on your college campus or campus residence. It may happen when you are out walking, out jogging or out shopping.  It can happen when you are sitting in your car. It could even happen when you are out on a date or at a party.  It can even happen in the security of your own home.  Recently, more crimes are occurring in what should be the safest place of all – – in houses of worship.

But EVERY woman is a potential target of these assailants. Did you know that in this country one forcible rape happens every 5.8 minutes. It is also reported by the FBI that an assault occurs every 29 seconds. Statistics show that 1 out of every 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime. Most sexual assaults can be avoided by using some common sense and being armed with knowledge of what to avoid and armed with some non lethal personal protection products.

According to the Department of Justice about 17% of women can expect to be raped in their lifetime. In 2004, there were 1 rape/sexual assault, 2 assaults with injury and 2 robberies for every 1000 people. One in five chances you are next.  Every two and a half minutes a women is sexually assaulted in the US. Most go unreported due to embarrassment, shock, or fear. However many women are under the delusion of ” It won’t happen to me”.  It is sad that most women give very little or no thought to how they would defend themselves against an attacker.

When you stop to think about how often an assault, sexual assault or rape occurs the statistics are astounding and frightening.

WHO NEEDS PERSONAL PROTECTION PRODUCTS?

Who do you know that could use a personal protection product to defend yourself in the event of an attack? Your wife, girlfriend, daughter, aunt, a co-worker, a neighbor or perhaps YOU?

The fact is almost everyone on this list could use some help.

Walkers, runners, joggers, workers or anyone who else loves to be or even is required to be outdoors many need it. You place yourself as a potential target just because of what you do.

 Shift workers, real estate agents, Exotic Dancers, locksmiths, repo agents, Taxi Drivers, fugitive recovery agents, or anyone else that might work unusual hours and leave themselves exposed to danger because of their work.

 Anyone who does offsite banking for their business, day and night managers, OTR drivers, delivery drivers, and anyone who drives for a living are all at elevated risk.

 Education professionals, Business Professionals, medical professionals, real estate pros, entrepreneurs, stay at home moms, single working women, college students, all have higher than average risk because of their jobs and who they are-women.

 Not everyone needs a personal protection product. Only those who work or are retired; only those who own their own business or work for someone else; only those who rent or those who own their own home; only those who are single or those who are married need them.

 Everyone else is probably safe…right.

 Let me reiterate my opening point, crime happens any place and any where: assaults, robbery, rape, and theft all spell trouble for law abiding citizens. With the increasing presence of gangs crime, drug crimes, immigration problems, and bad economic conditions, it is bound to continue to grow.

 Police departments’ resources are stretched beyond capacity anyhow but with budget cutbacks thrown into the mix it just makes it worse. Police response times are constantly on the rise, especially in small towns.

 Individuals must assume more responsibility for their own safety and security by doing at least the following three things:

 HAVE THE RIGHT TOOLS. By this I mean choose one or more personal protection products to help in your own defense and that of your family. It can be pepper sprays, stun guns, personal alarms, tasers-whatever- but get some! There are many choices out there. Pick one you feel most comfortable with. Do your research? Ask questions? Everyone claims to have the best, but it’s your life on the line. Then learn how to use them.

 GET SOME SELF DEFENSE TRAINING. If you have a car but don’t know how to use it, what good will it do you when you need it? Purchasing a personal protection product is a great start but when combined with even a basic amount of self defense training it is a fabulous combination that really builds your confidence.  In fact training is required in most states for those who get a TASER, and definitely a must of those who prefer firearms.

 For many it is impractical and too time consuming to go to classes. Enter the self defense DVD that allows you to learn in the comfort of your own home at your own pace from world class instructors. Additionally, you may even use useful self defense web sites.

 PRACTICE and then  PRACTICE and then  PRACTICE. All the tools and training in the world are not worth much if you don’t hone your skills. Get a friend and practice using your self defense training, practice using your pepper spray or stun gun.  (don’t actually spray or stun them please). If you have any old pepper spray, practice with that. Actually firing it, to see how it works, or perhaps order two, one for practice, and one of just in case.

 Practice in different emergency scenarios so that when and if the time comes you REACT instinctively instead of wondering what to do.  Many on-line sites include some of theses. These can be, walking back to class late night, getting out your car, going to your car, putting packages in your car, getting packages out of your car, opening you door, putting your child in the child seat, walking to some place.

 If you do these three things you will have done more than most people, who will likely become the next crime victims, and you have taken steps to build your confidence in yourself and your actual ability to defend your self and your family.

By Victor Swindell, owner of PepperEyes.com, a division of Swindell Enterprises. PepperEyes.com is dedicated to assist those people who are unwilling to become a victim and are taking responsibility to protect themselves, their cars, or their possessions .In today’s society being equipped mentally and physically is no longer an option.

28/10/2009

How to Prevent an Assault (or reduce your chances)


k0753024Here are some facts every parent of a college age person should know.
  • At least 1 in 4 college women will be the victim of a sexual assault during her academic career. Hirsch,
  • At least 80% of all sexual assaults are committed by an acquaintance of the victim.
  • 48.8% of college women who were victims of attacks that met the study’s definition of rape did not consider what happened to them rape.
  • More than 70% of rape victims knew their attackers, compared to about half of all violent crime victims.
  • One out of eight women will be raped while in college.
  • 57% of rapes occur on a date.
  • 75% of male students and 55% of female students involved in date rape had been drinking or using drugs.
  • The physical and psychological effects of sexual assault can be devastating, and college students who are sexually assaulted may face impediments to academic and personal success.

These are the reported figures. There is much data suggesting that most rapes go unreported. One study showed that only 5 % of victims of rape or attempted rape report it to college police.

 EVERY adult female is a potential target of these assailants. Every 2 minutes, someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted, and some one is raped every 6 minutes. Most sexual assaults can be avoided

by using some common sense and being armed with knowledge of what to avoid and armed with some non-lethal personal protection products.

 Let’s look at some things you should know to help prevent an assault:

 Be aware of your surroundings

Observe all things around and be aware of your surroundings including potential hiding places, people following you, etc. If confronted by an assailant look him straight in the eye so he knows for sure that you will remember what he looks like in a police lineup. Sometime divert them by asking them what time is it.

 Make Loud Noise

There are two things about a Noise. One it attracts the attention of others. Second, it deters assailants. They want an easy target not someone who is going to resist. It is also show that you are more likely to draw attention by yelling “FIRE” than by yelling “Help” You may also consider getting a Personal Alarm device.

What’s in your hand?

Moses: “What’s in your hand?” (Exodus 4:1-20) If you are carrying a personal protection stungunproduct, have it ready. Sometimes the sound of a discharging stun gun is enough to frighten them off. You may try showing your device and yelling. Try something

like “back off” If you’re carrying a fire arm, a warning shot is sometimes enough.

 Empty Handed..may be not

Learn where some key points for pain are and how to inflict as much pain as you can quickly. sdThere are lots of web sites and places that teach self defense courses for women. LEARN SOME. Eye gouges, pinch, or bite under the arm or the upper inner thigh, or the groin areas are all sensitive and subject o maximum amounts of pain. A sharp blow across the bridge of an assailant’s nose will stop him dead in his tracks. You want just enough time to escape. Consider using your elbow if you can-it is the strongest point on your body.

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Learn where to strike

LISTEN TO YOUR INNER VOICE

Call it intuition, a hunch, sixth sense, gut feeling, notion, an angel, God, strange feelings or your inner voice, but learn to listen and learn to respond to your “other sense” in women’s self defense. If something doesn’t feel right then go with your feelings. It is a question of whether you want to be safe or sorry. Always trust those INSTINCTS.

 Be Prepared

Always carry some non-lethal self-defense weapons. A stun gun, taser, pepper spray, a telescopic baton are good examples. Each if used will afford you enough time to escape and get help.

These tips can help you prevent an assault on yourself or any woman you know. Used wisely they may save a life-maybe yours. However, nothing beats common sense.

 Personal protection is about learning to decrease your risks and increase your options if assaulted. Learning to defend yourself from other people with weapons,is a result of extensive training with qualified instructors. However in most cases it’s just you and them, and you can take steps to have the advantage. Your life and health are your most important possessions, so learning to avoid situations that put your safety at risk is the first goal. Your best natural weapon is your brain, and your best defense is to exercise good crime prevention strategies.

Nobody can tell you how to defend yourself in every situation. Each person must evaluate his or her own abilities, and size up the situation based on the level of danger to themselves or a loved one.  defense

 By Victor Swindell, owner of PepperEyes.com, a division of Swindell Enterprises. PepperEyes.com is dedicated to assist those people who are unwilling to become a victim and are taking responsibility to protect themselves, their cars, or their possessions .In today’s society being equipped mentally and physically is no longer an option.

17/09/2009

Sexual Assault by the Numbers


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During the past few years, concern over the sexual victimization of female college students has risen. In part, the interest in this problem has been spurred by increasing attention to the victimization of women in general; until the relatively recent past, female victims received very little attention. However, this is no longer true. Terms such as “date rape” and “domestic violence” have entered the public lexicon and signify the unprecedented, if still insufficient, notice given to women who have been victimized.

 Here are some statistics that should allow you to make an informed decision about how not to be the next victim.

Every 2 minutes, someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Crime Victimization Data — the country’s largest and most reliable crime study — there were 248,300 sexual assaults in 2007 (the most recent data available).  Since there are 525,600 minutes in a non-leap year, that makes 31,536,000 seconds/year. So, 31,536,000 divided by 248,300 comes out to 1 sexual assault every 127 seconds, or about 1 every 2 minutes.

Did you also know

  •          1 out of every 6 American women have been the victims of an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime.
  •  17.7 million American women have been victims of attempted or completed rape.
  • While about 80% of all victims are white, minorities are somewhat more likely to be attacked.
  • Lifetime rate of rape /attempted rape for women by race:1
    • All women: 17.6%
    • White women: 17.7%
    • Black women: 18.8%
    • Asian Pacific Islander women: 6.8%
    • American Indian/Alaskan women: 34.1%
    • Mixed race women: 24.4% 
  •  Women ages 20 to 24 are at highest risk for rape/sexual assault, followed by those 16 to 19.
  •  Sixty-four percent of rape/sexual assault victims said they were victimized by a non-stranger—23 percent by an intimate partner, 3 percent by a relative, and 38 percent by a friend or acquaintance (2007)
  • At least 80% of all sexual assaults are committed by an acquaintance of the victim. Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2001.
  • More than 70% of rape victims knew their attackers, compared to about half of all violent crime victims. Dennison, Callie. Criminal Victimization 1998. Bureau of Justice Stats, DOJ. 
  •   At least 1 in 4 college women will be the victim of a sexual assault during her academic career. Hirsch, Kathleen (1990)”Fraternities of Fear: Gang Rape, Male Bonding, and the Silencing of Women.” Ms., 1(2) 52-56.
  •  48.8% of college women who were victims of attacks that met the study’s definition of rape did not consider what happened to them rape. Bureau of Justice Stats. “Sexual Victimization of Collegiate Women” 2000, US DOJ.
  •  There are 35.3 incidents of sexual assault per 1,000 female students on a campus as recorded over a 6.91 month period (the academic year of ‘96 – ’97) as reported in the 2000 DOJ Bureau of Justice Statistics report “The Sexual Victimization of College Women.”
  •  On average, at least 50% of college students’ sexual assaults are associated with alcohol use Abbey et al., 1996a, 1998; Copenhaver and Grauerholz, 1991; Harrington and Leitenberg, 1994; Presley et al., 199). Koss (1988), Within the study’s nationally represented sample of college students the results found that 74% of perpetrators and 55% of rape victims had been drinking alcohol prior to the assault.
  •  In a survey of high school students, 56% of girls and 76% of boys [some of whom may be incoming college freshmen] believed forced
  • sex was acceptable under some circumstances. Acquaintance Rape: The Hidden Crime, 1991.

 References

New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault

The Sexual Victimization of College Women

Rape Abuse and Incest National Network

 

This data was compiled by Victor Swindell, ower of PepperEyes.com

PepperEyes.com is dedicated to meeting your safety needs by assisting anyone who is unwilling to become a victim.  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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