Sexual Assault Prevention

Tips to Prevent Date Rape:

Protect yourself from being drugged by having a designated sober friend with you, watching over your drink, not accepting drinks from others, and not sharing your drink. If you think you’ve been drugged or sexually assaulted, call 9-1-1 and go to an emergency room immediately.

What Should You Do If You’ve Been Drugged or Raped?

Call 9-1-1, or call a trustworthy friend to take you to a hospital. Make sure you don’t shower, urinate, brush your teeth, wash your hands, eat, drink, or change your clothes before you seek medical attention. These could eliminate or change helpful evidence of the rape. The hospital should use a “rape kit” to help collect the evidence. Do not clean the area where you think you’ve been assaulted. When confronted by the police, be honest and tell them every single detail of your activities.


Products That Can Help Detect Date Rape Drugs:

Having your drink drugged isn’t something that is expected. Some products are made to help an individual detect date rape drugs:

  • Coasters
  • Straw & Cups
  • Nail Polish
  • Rape Whistle

Apps That Can Help Prevent Sexual Assault:

There is new technology that can help prevent sexual assault. Five recommended applications that call for help are:

On Watch: This app sends your location to the people you selected as your emergency contacts. If you feel endangered, On Watch lets you set an alarm that sends a text and your exact location at a given time to your emergency contacts. Available for iPhone & Android.

Safety Siren: This app acts like a  rape whistle. With just a tap or a shake, this app sets off a piercing alarm and sends your emergency contacts an email with a Google Map of your exact location. Available for iPhone, iPod Touch, Android or BlackBerry.

Panic Guard: This application also only needs a tap or shake to set off a loud alarm, but this app also secretly starts recording a video of your attacker from your phone. It tracks your location as soon as it’s activated and also sends coordinates to your designated emergency contacts, including the police.  Available for iPhone & Android.

Circle of Six: This app allows you to select six emergency contacts. Whenever you’re in danger or in need of a ride home, just tap on the icon. It automatically sends the six contacts a message asking them to give you a call or to fake an interruption. Available for iPhone & Android.

My Force: Unlike the apps above, this app isn’t free. It costs $119 for a one year subscription, but with one click this app connects you to a 24/7 live security team at a call center. They will receive a message with your GPS coordinates and it will tell them that you are in need of assistance and asks them to contact the police. Available for iPhone, Android & Blackberry.

Once again, rape is NEVER the victim’s fault, whether or not they took precautions.


Local Rape Crisis Hotlines:

National Rape Crisis Hotlines:

PAAR Pittsburgh Action Against Rape: 1-866-END-RAPE (363-7573)

YWCA of Greater Los Angeles, Sexual Assault Services: 1-877-943-5778

POV Peace Over Violence: 310-392-8381

National Domestic Violence Hotlines:

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or 1-800-787-3224

National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline: 1-866-331-9474

Rape, Suicide and Incest National Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)

*By sharing these products we are not promoting date rape culture.*


Sources:

http://www.medicinenet.com/date_rape_drugs/page4.htm

http://www.teenhealthandwellness.com/static/hotlines

http://www.joyfulheartfoundation.org

http://www.drugfree.org

http://www.cosmopolitan.com/lifestyle/advice/g2170/apps-that-help-prevent-rape/?slide=5

http://www.bethany.org

http://www.protection1.com/campus-safety/student-safety-apps/#.VUkmZI5VhBc

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