Byron Police Department

Byron, Georgia
www.byronpd.org


Rape Prevention

Rape is a crime which affects all members of society both. This violent crime affects both its victims as well as those close to them.  The more informed all citizens are about the crime of rape, the better prepared they will be to prevent it.

THE MYTHS

  • Rape is an act of passion.

  • Women secretly desire rape.

  • Women invite rape by acting or dressing seductively.

  • Rape is a crime which takes place in dark, isolated locations.

  • Rapists look and act strangely.

  • Only young, attractive women are raped.

THE FACTS

  • Rape is an act of violence and hostility – not an act of passion.

  • Fantasizing about aggressive sex is not the same as desiring rape.

  • Approximately 50% of rapes occur in or about the home.

  • Approximately 50% of rapes occur during the day.

  • In the majority of cases, the rapist is known to his victim.

  • The majority of rapists are not armed.

  • The majority of rapes are pre-planned.

  • Nationwide, only 1 out of 10 rapes are reported.

The first line of defense against rape occurs when a woman admits to herself that she is a potential victim regardless of age, attractiveness or socio-economic status.

Safety On The Street

  • Travel in well-lighted, well-traveled areas.

  • If possible, walk in pairs.

  • Walk facing traffic.

  • Plan your route ahead of time.

  • Know your neighborhood – be aware of nearby businesses, their hours of operation and their locations.

  • Avoid shortcuts, bushy areas and alleyways.

  • Dress for ease of movement.

  • If possible, don’t carry a purse.

  • Don’t burden yourself with bulky packages or belongings.

  • Walk assertively and maintain a sharp awareness of your surroundings.

  • If you sense you are being followed, immediately cross to the opposite side of the street and head for the nearest open business or dwelling.

  • When seeking help from the occupant of a residence, yell fire as opposed to help, rape, or murder, and use any means necessary to draw attention to the situation.

Safety In The Home

  • Install good locks on doors and windows and use them.

  • Only put your last name on your mailbox, or consider inventing roommates.

  • If you choose to list your phone number, only list your first initial and last name. Never include your address in the telephone book.

  • Never automatically open your door without knowing who is on the other side -- talk through the door.

  • Don't rely on chain latches and screen doors for security as they are no barrier to intruders.

  • Instruct your children in safe door and telephone techniques.

  • Don't answer questions asked over the telephone.

  • Ask for identification from service people. If still not satisfied, call the business and verify that the visit is a legitimate one.

  • Have someone present whenever a man is going to be performing a service in your home.

Safety In the Car

  • Have your keys in your hand when going to and from your car. Don't be so involved in a conversation on your cell phone that you are not paying attention to what is happening around you.

  • Lock the doors and roll up the windows whenever you leave your car.

  • Keep the doors and windows locked whenever you are in your car.

  • Prior to entering your car, always check both under the car and behind the front seat.

  • Park in well-lighted, well-populated areas.

Be aware of your surroundings as you walk through parking lots -- suspects often hide between parked cars.

 

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