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Ways To Reduce Your Risk of Sexual Assault

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One of most important ways of reducing the risk of a sexual assault is to trust your instinct. If you feel uncomfortable about a situation you find yourself in or a person you are with, then look to remove yourself from the situation as quickly as possible. Always try to be aware of your surroundings. If you find yourself not knowing where you are if you are walking down a street at night you should at least appear that you do. Be calm and confident in the way that you walk, with purpose and a steady pace. Try to keep to well lit areas and avoid dark alleys- the more people there are around the safer you’ll be. If there is no one else around, it will more difficult to call for help should you need it. Avoid weighing yourself down with too many bags as this may make you [&hellip

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What Do I Do After A Sexual Assault?

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If you have been the victim of a sexual assault, it’s important to know there are alternatives to going to the police. Depending on where you live there are a variety of support centers and organizations set up specifically to deal with crimes of this nature. These include specialist nurses, counselors and legal practitioners. Turning to one of these alternatives does not mean you will not have the chance to report the assault to the police later on, and you would still be under no obligation to go to the police either. The subject would be discussed at the right time with a specialist. Before you are ready to confront those questions you may well have some of your own you want t0 clear up before you know which direction you want to go. Questions such as: Why was I assaulted? Could I have stopped this from happening? How likely [&hellip

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What is Sexual Assault?

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The exact legal definition of sexual assault varies from state to state but is most commonly defined as any sexual act performed by one (or more) person(s) on another without consent. This can range all the way from inappropriate touching to any form of penetration of the mouth, vagina or anus. Contrary to popular belief, in the majority of cases there is little physical evidence on the surface to indicate an attack has occurred. Nevertheless just because victims do not display outward signs of injury does not mean they have no grounds for complaint. Furthermore, for the victim, the extent of the injuries, visible or not, is not necessarily an indicator of how distressed or violated the victim feels after the attack. Psychological impact is not necessarily proportional to the physical appearance. The most common demographic for sexual assaults to occur are 16-24 year old women but they are by [&hellip

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