Safety: Keeping Women Safe|
Posted Nov 12, 2006
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A group of rapists and date rapists in prison were interviewed on what they look for in a potential victim and here are some interesting facts:
- The first thing men look for in a potential victim is Hairstyle They are most likely to go after a woman with a ponytail, bun, braid or other hairstyle that can easily be grabbed. They are also likely to go after a woman with long hair . Women with short hair are not common targets.
- The second thing Men look for is clothing. They will look for women who's clothing is easy to remove quickly . Many of them carry scissors around specifically to cut clothing.
- They also look for women on their cell phone , searching through their purse or doing other activities while walking because they are off guard and can be easily overpowered.
- Men are most likely to attack & rape in the early morning, between 5:00am and 8:30am.
- The number one place women are abducted from/attacked is grocery store parking lots . Number two is office parking lots/garages. Number three is public restrooms.
- The thing about these men is that they are looking to grab a woman and quickly move her to another location where they don't have to worry about getting caught.
- Only 2% said they carried weapons because rape carries a 3-5 year sentence but rape with a weapon is 15-20 years.
- If you put up any kind of a fight at all, they get discouraged because it only takes a minute or two for them to realize that going after you isn't worth it because it will be time-consuming.
- These men said they would not pick on women who have umbrellas, or other similar objects that can be used from a distance, in their hands. Keys are not a deterrent because you have to get really close to the attacker to use them as a weapon. So, the idea is to convince these guys you're not worth it.
- Several defense mechanisms he taught us are: If someone is following behind you on a street or in a garage or with you in an elevator or stairwell, look them in the face and ask them a question, like what time is it, or make general small talk