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How can I protect myself from rape?

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Unfortunately, there's no sure way to protect yourself from rape. But, following common safeguards, like these, are still a good idea:

  • Be responsible for your actions. Stay in control.
  • Don't walk alone at night.
  • Don't get talked into something you don't want to do.
  • Learn ways to defend yourself in the case of an attack.
  • Trust your feelings. If a person seems threatening to you, don't continue the friendship.
  • Learn about rape and why people rape.

From: Rape and Date Rape WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

GirlsHealth.gov: “What is rape and date rape?”

WomensHealth.gov: “Rape.”

U.S. Department of Justice.

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network: “Sexual Assault,” “Reporting to Law Enforcement,” “Laws in Your State,” “About the National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on November 13, 2018

SOURCES:

GirlsHealth.gov: “What is rape and date rape?”

WomensHealth.gov: “Rape.”

U.S. Department of Justice.

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network: “Sexual Assault,” “Reporting to Law Enforcement,” “Laws in Your State,” “About the National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on November 13, 2018

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