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.

 

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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 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 arm 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.  Victor Swindell.

12/11/2009

2 female C of C students attacked


By David MacDougall 
The Post and Courier 
Thursday, November 12, 2009  

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 Two female College of Charleston students were assaulted in separate attacks late Tuesday, and police are asking for help in identifying suspects.

In the first incident, at about 11:20 p.m., a woman was walking north on Coming Street between Vanderhost and Calhoun streets when she was approached from behind by a man who demanded money, Charleston police public information officer Charles Francis said Wednesday.

 

When the woman told the man she didn’t have any money, he sexually assaulted her, Francis said.

The assailant was described as a black male, 23 to 27 years old, 5 feet 9 inches to 5 feet 11 inches tall and 140 to 150 pounds. He had a dirty appearance, a scruffy beard, a shaved head and was wearing baggy jeans and a white zip-up jacket.

About 10 minutes later, a woman was walking on Radcliffe Street near King Street when a man grabbed her from behind, police said. She was able to fight off the attacker and got away. She was not sexually assaulted or injured.

The second victim described her assailant as a black male, 30 to 40 years old, 5 feet 5 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall, with a scruffy beard and wearing a gray or tan hooded jacket and blue ball cap with white writing on it.

Both victims were walking alone when they were attacked, Francis said.

The college on Wednesday informed all students, staff and faculty of the attacks, said Mike Robertson, director of media relations.

 

“We’re telling everyone to be aware of their surroundings and to be vigilant,” Robertson said.

“We have expanded our patrols around the area, and we’re working with city police to keep an eye on the area,” he said.

 

Any student or staff member who feels uneasy about walking at night can contact the Public Safety Office for an escort, he said.

 

Anyone with information about the attacks can call Crime Stoppers at 843-554-1111.)

 

 Parents send their children off to college believing that campus security and dorm safety rules will protect them, but they’re vastly overrating the protection most schools provide. According to the American Association of University Women between 20 and 25% of women on campus are sexually assaulted sometime during their educational career; another 13% are stalked.

Crime statistics in higher education environments are underreported: these institutions don’t want the larger community to know, so parents and students are unprepared for the violent crime that’s all too common on campus. Women and men are mugged, beaten and robbed on university campuses. In the case of rape, crime goes largely unreported: some 65% of campus rapes are not reported to campus security, or the police.

Prevention isn’t always possible; 71% of rapes are planned in advance. But you can decrease your chances of being attacked by staying sober (75% of victims and rapists are drinking when rape occurs).


Here are some additional safety tips: 

  • Always trust your instinctIf your gut is telling you something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t (your more perceptive than you think).  Go back to where you came from, contact campus security or find people as quickly as you can.
  • Always travel in groups. Never walk alone at night. Avoid “shortcuts”.  Criminals, like predators, try to isolate their prey from the herd. Groups are less likely to be confronted, so “buddy up” for the walk home. You will note that both of these incidents happened when the girls were alone.
  • Never trust your assailant. Criminals are cunning and can be extremely persuasive. Most likely they will approach you in a friendly manner and appeal to your common senses. No matter what they say or how convincing they are, never believe them.
  • Never leave the area. Your attacker needs to isolate you. In order to do that, they will use force or any persuasive maneuver to convince you that going with them is in your best interest. Don’t go, even when faced with an armed assailant. Put as much space between you and them as fast as possible.

An Ounce of Prevention…Here’s how to plan ahead to ensure you never have to find your self in a desperate situation

  • Always take advantage of campus safety servicesBecome familiar with your college campus police/security department or campus escort. Most offer escorts and shuttle services to and from campus dorms after hours.
  •  Study the campus and neighborhood.  Become familiar with respect to routes between your residence and class/activities schedule. Make note where emergency phones are located.
  • Share your class and activities schedule. Let parents and a network of close friends know your schedule. This creates a type of “buddy” system. Give network telephone numbers to.
  • Carry some type of Personal Protection Product. Pepper spray and Stun Guns are easily carried in a purse, pocket or backpack: if you’re out alone or walking in any spot that may be unsafe, make it a habit to hold the spray in your hand. If you need it, you shouldn’t be fumbling for it!

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.

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