Rape is a violent crime and a frightening experience. Rape affects all women no matter what their age, race or economic status. It must also be remembered that men are not immune and can also be victims of sexual violence. Rape can occur anywhere and at anytime, in public or in your own home. Rapists are not necessarily strangers. In fact, in many reported cases, the rapist is an acquaintance, neighbor, friend, or relative.
Trust your instincts. If a situation makes you uncomfortable or uneasy, leave.
Be alert to your surroundings and the people around you.
Walk confidently and with a steady pace. A rapist often looks for someone who appears vulnerable.
Always let someone know where you are and where you may be going.
If You Are Attacked
The best prevention and resistance you can use against a rapist is your common sense. Think, don't panic.
There is no single action to take if you are attacked. Your best defense is to be prepared and know your options and capabilities.
Do whatever it takes to survive. Remember, you are the victim. You have nothing to feel guilty or ashamed about. Rapists commit the crime, not the victim.