By: Jay Young
Remember those scary bed time stories when you were a little girl about the Things That Go Bump in the Night? Well, unfortunately, when we grow up and become women, those things become scary people. According to the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN), 43% of rapes occur between 6:00pm and midnight, 24% occur between midnight and 6:00am, and the other 33% occur between 6:00 am and 6:00 pm. As we transition into the colder months, it starts to get dark quicker, so following are some safety suggestions to add to your weekly routine:
1. Social media can put you at great risk for being a victim of rape/sexual assault, so avoid checking-in on Facebook or announcing your whereabouts until you have departed.
2. If you’re alone, consider taking the elevator instead of the stairs.
3. Keep eyes and ears open – avoid texting or talking on the phone if you’re going for a walk. Your eyes should be scanning your environment and ears should be open to listen to unusual noises. If you must text or talk, try to find a safe place in the open where you can sit.
4. Regularly change up the route you take for walking or running.
5. If you run or walk after it gets dark, go with a friend.
6. Make sure you have your keys handy before going to your car or before getting out of the car.
7. If feasible, try to back your car into the parking port, so you can be fully aware of what’s ahead of you.
8. Don’t park next to vans and if a van is parked next to you when you return to your car, enter the car on the opposite side.
9. When leaving work or the mall late, ask the security guard to escort you to your car.
10. Avoid using the restroom near the elevator.
Remember to change up your weekly routine. You’re less likely to be a victim of rape/sexual assault when your routine is unpredictable. Let your close friends or family know your whereabouts and the expected time of your return.
Keep safe DOT-Nistas.
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