Personal Safety Tips

Statistics show that 80 - 95% of all Sexual Assaults are committed by someone the victim knows. A stranger does not always pose the highest risk to you. Offenders can include relatives, friends, and authority figures. If you feel uncomfortable in someone's presence, trust your instincts. Take steps to distance yourself from him or her. Don't be afraid to make a scene if necessary. Many assault victims report that they were too polite. Tell someone!

Helpful Tips
  • Avoid high-risk situations
  • Be observant and aware of your surroundings
  • Avoid poorly lit areas where an attacker might hide
  • Identify safe people in your neighborhood that you or your children can go to if you need help
  • Be thoughtful and use good judgment in choosing your friends and partners
  • Be careful when you use alcohol and drugs; you are more vulnerable to attack if you if you are intoxicated
  • Don't leave your food or drink unattended at a party or in a public place
  • Don't be embarrassed to use security staff at work or when shopping to walk you to your car
  • Don't pick up hitchhikers or stop to help a stranger in a stalled vehicle; use a phone in a safe location to call for public safety personnel to help them instead
  • Be very cautious about making personal contact with anyone you meet on the internet or in other similar environments