Real Advice (From Women) On Avoiding Sexual Assault

Real Advice (From Women) On Avoiding Sexual Assault

A seemingly never complete list of ways to protect yourself from sexual assault.


With sex trafficking, rape, and sexual assault cases on the rise all over the world, it's hard to feel secure anywhere as a woman. Here is some advice from fellow females on how to stay safe or protect yourself in the case of an attack.

"I ALWAYS keep my location on with family and friends, telling someone when I have to go anywhere alone." -DM

"Every time I sell something online, I text my parents the buyer's name and where/when I plan on meeting them. I take my dog and pepper spray with me and let my parents know when I get home." -TD

"If you feel like someone is following you, find a group of people and run up like you know them, and explain to them why you are doing this." - LB

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"Never leave the initial place of contact. If they have a gun they usually won't shoot where people are, so fight to stay where they found you." - MB

"If I'm walking to my car late at night, I'll call someone to talk to until I'm at my car and can safely leave." -AR

"If someone follows you to your car, get in the passenger seat and lock the doors. It makes it look like someone is waiting for you, or you're waiting for someone else." - MB

"If someone grabs you, go for their eyes, and always carry something you can defend yourself with like an umbrella, purse, or pepper spray." - KS

"When you get near your car and someone is following you, hit the alarm button. They won't want the attention." - MB

"I use the app Tego, it's free and notifies friends/family when you arrive at your destination. It even allows you to video stream as you walk." - EH

"Make eye contact with men or strange people around you. It lets them know you're paying attention to your surroundings and likely to put up a fight." - EC

"If you notice something in your windshield wipers when you get to your car and there's another car near you, drive to a safe location to investigate it." - HM

"If you get attacked in your home, scream for your dad, boyfriend, or a male's name. It could make the attacker think a male is in the home." - PW

"Keep "masculine items" in plain sight if you live alone, such as shoes or a shirt, so it appears that a male lives there too." - AC

"Lock your doors while pumping gas so someone can't climb in or steal anything." - SC

"If there's a sketchy car parked next to yours with someone in it, enter your car through the opposite side so they can't grab you easily." -HK

"When using Uber/Lyft, ask the driver who they're there for what their name is instead of you giving them your name." -VN

"Don't wear your hair in a ponytail or wear a hoodie when walking alone at night. These are easy ways for an attacker to grab you." - MM

"Drive to a police or fire station if you think someone is following you, don't go home." - MB

"Never leave your drink unattended and never accept a drink if you didn't see it get poured or opened." - CD

"If you're attacked, scream fire, not rape. People care more if it impacts their safety too." - LR

"At night sleep with your car keys near your bed, so if somebody tries to break in you can set your car alarm off and it scares them away." - AB

"Be careful listening to earbuds or talking on the phone at night, make sure you're paying attention to your surroundings and stay alert. If you're just on your phone, you look more distracted and that makes you an easy target." - RP

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"If you are suspicious of someone, look them in the eye and ask a simple question. This gives you a voice and clear view of their face to identify them, making them less likely to attack." - LR

This one is very, very important, and one I'm sure we have all heard many times…

"If you are sexually assaulted, as tempting as it is, do not shower. Go to the hospital. They can collect DNA without making you file a report, and can store the evidence for up to 6 months if you decide to press charges." - TH

The world we live in can be terrifying, and knowing the best action to take in these kinds of situations can save your life. There are many more methods of protecting yourself, including taking self-defense classes, carrying protective devices such as tasers and pepper spray, and being aware of your surroundings. Your life is a very valuable thing, so make sure you know how to protect it. *Initials used to protect identities, responses edited for clarity.*

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16 #MeToo Tweets Everyone Needs To See

Share your story. Share the facts. Take action.

The #MeToo movement has been dominating Twitter trends, been discussed on live TV, and is encouraging the everyday woman, celebrities, and even congress and senate members to speak up about rape and sexual assault in a public setting.

#MeToo was started by Tarana Burke, a survivor and activist. Burke created Just Be Inc., a nonprofit organization that helps victims of sexual harassment and assault.

The hashtag went viral when political comedian and activist Alyssa Milano promoted #MeToo on her personal Twitter page.

Before Burke and Milano knew it, the hashtag had been used by nearly 2 million people from 85 different countries. The movement has brought together women and men from every culture, color and political party. It brought attention to the elephant in the room we so often ignore.

The movement has given the voiceless a place to admit things they may have never admitted before.

It has allowed women, and the world, to bring awareness to the fact that this is not only an American issue, a racial issue, a behavioral issue, etc. – but a universal issue that needs to be addressed now.

It has encouraged people to not only share their own survival stories and testimonies, but to bring awareness through statistics, facts and informative tweets or posts as well.

Everyone is talking about sexual assault – and it's a good thing.

Here are a few of the #MeToo tweets that are worth noting:

















Take the time to search #MeToo when you're on Twitter today. Take a moment to see. To listen. To acknowledge. It's time survivors of sexual assault are heard and noticed.

Share your story. Share the facts. Take action in this movement. Change the world as we know it.

Wouldn't you love to walk to your car in a dark parking lot without the fear of being raped or assaulted?

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#DenimDay Is Important Because Your Body Is Important

Some new information about denim day if you didn't know or wanted to know more.


#DenimDay. Some of you are asking what this might be. Denim day is a day where it is dedicated to sexual assault awareness. It started in Italy when women wore denim jeans to show solidarity to a victim of sexual assault. Some history for you about this day is that it grew out of a 1998 Italian Supreme Court decision that overturned a rape conviction because the victim wore tight jeans. AN 18-year old girl is picked up by her married 45-year old driving instructor for her very first lesson. He takes her to an isolated road, pulls her out of the car, wrestles her out of one leg of her jeans and forcefully rapes her. Threatened with death if she tells anyone, he makes her drive the car home. Later that night she tells her parents, and they help and support her to press charges. The perpetrator gets arrested and is prosecuted. He is convicted of rape and sentenced to jail.

1999, Denim Day in Los Angeles

A statement from the Court argued that because the victim wore very tight jeans, she had to help him remove them, and by removing the jeans it was no longer rape but consensual sex. This became known throughout Italy as the "jeans alibi." Enraged by the verdict, the women in the Italian Parliament protested by wearing jeans on the steps of the Supreme Court. This protest was picked up by international media and eventually spread to LA. Inspired, Patti Occhiuzzo Giggans, Executive Director of Peace Over Violence, though everyone should be wearing jeans to protest all of the myths about why women are raped.

Sexual assault is never OK and if you try to justify that is it, we can get into an argument about it all day. Just because of what someone is wearing does NOT give you the right to sexually assault them. Try and argue with me, I dare you. Rape culture awareness has grown so much especially with the social media that is going on in today's world. Hashtags such as #YessAllWomen, #WhatWereYouWearing, and #DenimDay makes it more aware.

Help someone, if you know them there are hotlines because people are scared to speak up and some people it can cause PTSD and even in some cases, some commit suicide. Help them bring awareness to this and know they are not alone.

Assaulted Women's Helpline at 1-866-863-0511

Suicide Hotline 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)

Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-827-7571

National Sexual Assault Hotline 1-800-656-4673


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