This is a excerpt from an article found in Cosmo. Magazine.
Habits That Help
Rape is a crime that occurs because of the offender’s predatory behavior, and you can never protect yourself one hundred percent from becoming a target. But every woman should make sure her day-to-day behavior isn’t putting her at a higher risk.
Since it’s often the consistency of a target’s habits that gives a determined predator his cues, try occasionally to vary the path you take to and from work (stick to a few routes you know well). This way, a predator can’t assume that you always get home at a specific time.
To protect against home-invasion rapists, something as simple as locking your doors and windows, including your garage door, even when you are in your home can make a big difference. It sounds obvious, but predators scout in advance for women who leave doors unlocked while running errands and watch to see if you enter your home without a key. Speaking of windows, make sure all of yours are securely covered by curtains or shades at night. Exposed windows broadcast whether you are alone and when you go to sleep.
These serial assailants search for that brief moment of vulnerability when you are by yourself and distracted or off in your own world. In the 1990s, a serial rapist stalked Manhattan’s usually safe Upper East Side, attacking more than 18 women in their 20s and 30s, usually between 1 and 4 a.m., as they entered their brownstone buildings.
My team in the prosecutor’s office at the time theorized that he counted on his victims being tired at that hour and he knew some were off guard because they had been drinking. He still has not been caught.
If you’re in a similar situation, instead of heading home alone, ask a friend if you can stay with her or take a taxi together. Presenting yourself as alert, aware, and able to call for help quickly will make you appear more empowered and less like a woman to target.
Here is the link for the whole article.
Keep it real and stay safe.
Categories: Uncategorized Tags: Predator Profile , UDI , Urban Defense Institute