According to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN), someone is sexually assaulted in the United States every two minutes. As with any violent crime, there’s nothing you can do to guarantee that you will not be a victim of rape. But there are steps you can take to help reduce your risk of being assaulted.
Regardless of the situation, it is NEVER a victim’s fault if they are sexually assaulted.
- Trust your instincts. If a situation or person makes you even a little uncomfortable, trust that feeling and act accordingly. Approximately 75% (1) of sexual assaults are perpetrated by someone the victim knows.
- Never accept the mentality that this crime “only happens to other people”.
- Don’t assume that you know what a perpetrator looks like. They are as diverse as those they perpetrate against. These individuals are motivated by power and control.
- You always have the right to say “NO” and have that accepted.
- Be aware of your surroundings, use the buddy system even in social situations, have a signal to advise friends you want someone to intervene.
- Be wise of anything that lowers inhibition & awareness. A large percentage of sexual assaults involve alcohol.(2)
- Be willing to get involved. If you see a situation that troubles your instincts, be willing to intervene.
Sexual assault is a crime of motive and opportunity. If you or someone you know has been affected by sexual violence, it’s not your fault. You are not alone. The Women’s Center is available 24/7 to help you. Just call us at 817-927-2737
1) Bureau of Justice Statistics, US Department of Justice 1997
2) TAASA Non-Stranger Rape brochure