Sexual Assault Awareness Month: Meeting Someone? 6 Tips to Help Keep You Safe! by Kim Kusiciel
In April of 2001, the U.S. observed Sexual Assault Awareness Month for the first time. According to RAINN.org, "every 98 seconds somebody experiences a sexual assault. And every eight minutes, that victim is a child. Meanwhile, only six out of every 1,000 perpetrators will end up in prison." Here's how to protect yourself when you meet someone for the first time:
- Pick a public place and tell a friend.
- Don't reveal personal information too soon.
- When engaging in sexual activity, communication is key.
- Use the phrase, "Is this OK?" Say "No" if it's not.
- You can change your mind if you don't feel comfortable.
- Trust your gut and be aware of your surroundings.
You can reach someone at 1-800-656-HOPE(4673) and get more information here. They are available 24/7. Stay safe.