from Chapter 1 - Statistics
FACT: 1 in 4 college women will be sexually assaulted during her tenure as a student. This too, is a Department of Justice statistic.
from Chapter 2 - The Vast Repercussions of Sexual Assault
In his study titled The Mental Health Impact of Rape, Dean Kilpatrick, Ph.D., found the following:
- Almost one-third of rape victims experienced post-traumatic stress disorder.
- Rape victims were 3 times more likely than women who were not victims of a violent crime to experience a major depressive episode.
- A victim of rape was 13 times more likely than a non-crime victim to have attempted suicide.
- 1 in 8 rape victims has attempted suicide.
- Rape victims were 13 times more likely to have a problem with alcohol.
- Rape victims were 26 times more likely to have some type of drug abuse problem.
from Chapter 3 - Myth versus Reality
MYTH: Rapists and sexual predators are easy to spot; they fit a specific profile.
REALITY: First of all, 4 out of 5 assault victims know their assailant. That's 80%! If the perpetrators readily fit into an easy-to-recognize profile, far fewer attacks would occur.
from Chapter 4 - Attacker Profiles and Their Methods of Operation
Studies have shown the predator is less likely to attack a woman who moves with certainty and purpose as she walks. He is less likely to attempt entry into a home with a dog, or where he feels a second person might also reside.
from Chapter 5 - GHB the Date-Rape Drug
Some women have reported that GHB will have a soapy taste. This IS possible since solvents are used in the making of GHB. However, when properly mixed, there is no ability to detect the presence of GHB in a drink or even a glass of water. This being said, I address this for the primary reason that if a drink you have been drinking suddenly tastes "different" than it did a minute earlier or different than you know the drink should taste, DO NOT finish the drink.
from Chapter 6 - Teenager Online Safety
Tip 4: NEVER agree to meet someone you have connected with online, unless you already know them. And, even if you do already know them, unless he or she is a personal acquaintance, do not meet them alone. Remember, more than 80% of all sexual assaults take place where the victim knows her assailant.
from Chapter 7 - Awareness: Parking Lots, Cars and Public Transportation
Tip 6: Have your key ready to open the door. never stand next to your car searching your purse for your keys. Robbers, car-jackers, and sexual predators all watch for this type of distraction. They wait for this moment to attack.
from Chapter 8 - Awareness: While Walking or Jogging
Tip 2: If someone attempts to start a conversation with you, tell him you are late to meet your boyfriend or husband. Continue walking with purpose. You can be polite, while letting him know that you are not interested. Also, since this man does not actually know your destination, he will have no way of knowing if your "boyfriend" is a mere 30 feet off or a mile away. In this situation, the predator will usually keep moving, preferring to locate another victim. Do not stop walking to engage with this person. Again, even in emergency situations, most men are capable of understanding a single woman's reluctance to assist.
from Chapter 9 - Awareness: At Bars, Clubs and Parties
Tip 3: NEVER leave your drink unattended. When getting up to dance or use the restroom, you have three options: 1) finish your drink; 2) take it with you; or 3) abandon it. Do not drink from a glass you have left unattended. It only takes a split-second to pour a vial of GHB into a glass. At that point, all the predator needs to do is sit back and wait for the drug to take effect. Even if you are just sitting and chatting, keep a napkin over your drink as an extra precaution.
from Chapter 10 - Awareness: In Your Home or Apartment
Tip 14: If you live alone and someone knocks on the door, as you approach the door, call out something like, "I've got it honey." Make sure you say this loud enough to be heard on the other side of the door. This will give the person at the door the impression there is someone else in the house. (Note: Technically you should always do this even if someone else really is home.)
from Chapter 11 - Awareness: In Offices, Elevators and Stairways
Tip 6: Upon entering an elevator, stand toward the front, as close to the control panel as possible. If something goes wrong, you can hit the alarm button or press all the buttons. Pressing all the buttons will force the elevator to stop at each floor, increasing the odds of someone entering the elevator or giving you a chance to get out.
from Chapter 12 - Awareness: On Job Interviews
Tip 6: If this is your first interview with a company and you are called by someone saying they represent the organization and the caller tells you the meeting location has been changed, cancel the appointment. It is very rare that a legitimate company will send you out for an audition without having first interviewed you at their own offices.
from Chapter 13 - Awareness: Online Dating Sites
Tip 3: If a man’s dating profile pictures make him unrecognizable, I would suggest passing on the profile. Dark glasses, hats, pictures taken at a distance are all signs that a guy is trying to hide something – be it age, lack of hair or even his identity. While there could be a multitude of reasons for this practice, none of these reasons have any benefit to you.
from Chapter 14 - Awareness: Dating and Date Rape
Tip 3: Drive YOUR OWN car to the meeting place. There are several reasons for this.
• You do not yet know the guy you're meeting. Therefore you cannot know if he has a drinking problem, and you do not want to depend on a drunk driver to get you home safely.
• The guy you're meeting may turn out to be not "your type." Therefore, having him know where you live is probably not the best idea.
• If things start to turn sour during dinner, you can leave without worrying about how you'll be getting home.
from Chapter 15 - Thwarting an Attack
DRUGGING SCENARIO 1: You are in a bar and are starting to feel strange. You have only had 1 or 2 drinks and should not feel the way you do. DO NOT make the mistake of thinking you will begin to feel better. If you are with friends immediately tell them you think you may have been drugged and that you need them to get you to a hospital. If you are not with friends (real friends), find a police officer (most clubs now have on- or off-duty police officers working the front door), a bouncer or manager and tell him/her you think you may have been drugged. Whatever you do, do not allow a male acquaintance or a guy you just met to take you home or to the hospital. This is most likely the person who drugged you.
Richard Hart received a degree in Criminal Science at the age of 18. At 20 he received a B.S. from the University of California at Berkeley.
He spent five years with San Mateo Police Department and two years with Aid to Victims and Witnesses - both in a volunteer capacity. Richard was presented with an Outstanding Student Award for Community Service for these volunteer activities.
Since that time, Richard has spoken at various meetings on crime prevention strategies. His unique methodology of teaching and conveying information has permitted people to avoid becoming victims of rape, robbery, and other violent crimes.