Friday, September 5, 2008

Rape Prevention Tactics and Techniques

Through a Rapist's Eyes (No Joke)

This is important information for females of ALL ages. A group of rapists and date rapists in prison were interviewed on what they look for in a potential victim and here are some interesting facts:
1) The first thing men look for in a potential victim is hairstyle. Theyare most likely to go after a woman with a ponytail, bun, braid or otherhairstyle that can easily be grabbed. They are also likely to go after a woman with long hair. Women with short hair are not common targets.

2) The second thing men look for is clothing. They will look for women whose clothing is easy to remove quickly Many of them carry scissors around specifically to cut clothing.

3) They also look for women on their cell phone, searching through theirpurse, or doing other activities while walking because they areoff-guard and can be easily overpowered.

4) Men are most likely to attack & rape in the early morning, between5:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m.

5) The number one place women are abducted from/attacked is grocery store parking lots.

Number two: Are office parking lots/garages.

Numberthree: Are public restrooms.

6) The thing about these men is that they are looking to grab a woman and quickly move her to another location where they don't have to worryabout getting caught.

7) Only 2% said they carried weapons because rape carries a 3-5 yearsentence but rape with a weapon is 15-20 years.

8) If you put up any kind of a fight at all, they get discouraged because it only takes a minute or two for them to realize that goingafter you isn't worth it because it will be time-consuming.

9) These men said they would not pick on women who have umbrellas, or other similar objects that can be used from a distance, in their hands. Keys are not a deterrent because you have to get really close to the attacker to use them as a weapon. So, the idea is to convince these guys you're not worth it.

10) Several defense mechanisms he taught us are: If someone is followingbehind you on a street or in a garage or with you in an elevator or stairwell, look them in the face and ask them a question, like what time is it, or make general small talk: 'I can't believe it is so cold out here,' 'we're in for a bad winter.' Now you've seen their face and could identify them in a line-up; you lose appeal as a target.

11) If someone is coming towards you , hold out your hands in front ofyou and yell STOP or STAY BACK! Most of the rapists this man talked to said they'd leave a woman alone if she yelled or showed that she wouldnot be afraid to fight back.Again, they are looking for an EASY target.

12) If you carry pepper spray (this instructor was a huge advocate of it and carries it with him wherever he goes), yell I HAVE PEPPER SPRAY and holding it out will be a deterrent.

13) If someone grabs you, you can't beat them with strength but you can by outsmarting them. If you are grabbed around the waist from behind,pinch the attacker either under the arm (between the elbow and armpit) OR in the upper inner thigh VERY VERY HARD. One woman in a class this guy taught told him she used the underarm pinch on a guy who was tryingto date rape her and was so upset she broke through the skin and tore out muscle strands - the guy needed stitches. Try pinching yourself in those places as hard as you can stand it - it hurts.

14) After the initial hit, always GO for the GROIN. I know from aparticularly unfortunate experience that if you slap a guy's parts it isextremely painful. You might think that you'll anger the guy and make him want to hurt you more, but the thing these rapists told our instructor is that they want a woman who will not cause a lot of trouble. Start causing trouble and he's out of there.15) When the guy puts his hands up to you, grab his first two fingers and bend them back as far as possible with as much pressure pushing down on them as possible. The instructor did it to me without using muchpressure, and I ended up on my knees and both knuckles cracked audibly.

16) Of course the things we always hear still apply. Always be aware ofyour surroundings, take someone with you if you can and if you see anyodd behavior, don't dismiss it, go with your instincts!!!You may feel a little silly at the time, but you'd feel much worse ifthe guy really was trouble.

1. Tip from Tae Kwon Do: The elbow is the strongest point on your body.If you are close enough to use it, do!

2. Learned this from a tourist guide in New Orleans . If a robber asks for your wallet and/or purse, DO NOT HAND IT TO HIM. Toss it away fromyou....chances are that he is more interested in your wallet and/orpurse than you, and he will go for the wallet/purse. RUN LIKE MAD IN THEOTHER DIRECTION!

3. If you are ever thrown into the trunk of a car, kick out the backtail lights and stick your arm out the hole and start waving like crazy.The driver won't see you, but everybody else will. This has saved lives.

4. Women have a tendency to get into their cars after shopping, eating,working, etc., and just sit (doing their checkbook, or making a list,etc.) DON'T DO THIS! The predator will be watching you, and this is the perfect opportunity for him to get in on the passenger side, put a gun to your head, and tell you where to go. AS SOON AS YOU GET INTO YOUR CAR, LOCK THE DOORS AND LEAVE. If someone is in the car with a gun to your head DO NOT DRIVE OFF,repeat: DO NOT DRIVE OFF! Instead gun the engine and speed into anything, wrecking the car. Your Air Bag will save you. If the person is in the back seat they will get the worst of it. As soon as the car crashes bail out and run. It is better than having them find your bodyin a remote location.

5. A few notes about getting into your car in a parking lot or parkinggarage:

A.) Be aware: look around you, look into your car, at the passenger sidefloor, and in the back seat.

B.) If you are parked next to a big van, enter your car from thepassenger door. Most serial killers attack their victims by pulling them into their vans while the women are attempting to get into their cars.

C.) Look at the car parked on the driver's side of your vehicle, and thepassenger side. If a male is sitting alone in the seat nearest your car,you may want to walk back into the mall, or work, and get aguard/policeman to walk you back out. IT IS ALWAYS BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY. (And better paranoid thandead.)

6. ALWAYS take the elevator instead of the stairs. (Stairwells arehorrible places to be alone and the perfect crime spot. This is especially true at NIGHT!)

7. If the predator has a gun and you are not under his control, ALWAYSRUN! The predator will only hit you (a running target) 4 in 100 times.And even then, it most likely WILL NOT be a vital organ. RUN, preferably in a zigzag pattern!

8. Women have a tendency to be sympathetic: STOP! It may get you raped or killed. Ted Bundy , the serial killer, was a good-looking,well-educated man, who ALWAYS played on the sympathies of unsuspectingwomen. He walked with a cane, or a limp, and often asked 'for help' into his vehicle or with his vehicle, which is when he abducted his next victim.

9. Another Safety Point: Someone just told me that her friend heard a crying baby on her porch the night before last, and she called the police because it was late and she thought it was weird. The police toldher 'Whatever you do, DO NOT open the door.' The lady then said that it sounded like the baby had crawled near a window, and she was worried that it would crawl to the street and get run over. The policeman said, 'We already have a unit on the way,whatever you do, DO NOT open the door.' He told her that they think a serial killer has a baby's cry recorded and uses it to coax women out of their homes thinking that someone dropped off a baby. He said they have not verified it, but have had several calls by women saying that they hear baby's cries outside their doors when they're home alone at night. Please pass this on and DO NOT open the door for a crying baby ----This should be taken seriously because the Crying Baby theory was mentioned on America's Most Wanted this past Saturday when they profiled the serial killer in Louisiana.

If you have an installed home security system press the police alarm button and wait for the police. If the system has two-way voice the responders will come over the intercom, tell them what you have heard and wait till the authorities arrive. Honeywell systems monitored by Vector Security are a great choice.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Pre-Planning For Hurricane Hannah- 72 Hour Disaster Readiness Kit

Pre-Planning Save Lives, Be Prepared
Damage reports from Gustav are still being collected. In a 24 hour period, the projected path for the eye of Hurricane Hanna ranged from central North Carolina to the Outer Banks. Ike and Josephine are stacked up in the Atlantic like jets looking for a place to land.
As hazardous weather conditions approach, we need to be prepared. A key survival tool for all households is a 72-hour kit. During natural disasters, emergency responders may not be able to assist as quickly as they do under normal conditions due to hazardous travel conditions and/or increased call volume. We must be ready to take care of our families and ourselves.
“Now is the best time to make sure that you have at least a three-day supply of essential items as well as crucial information ready for immediate use or transportation if needed,” said Colonel Frank Montes de Oca, Director of Orange County Emergency Services.

To be prepared, consider storing the following items in your home. Some of the same items should also be stored in your vehicle.
RECOMMENDED 72-HOUR EMERGENCY KIT
Prepare a minimum three-day supply of essential items for each person and any pets in your home. Store your kit in a convenient place known to all family members. The kit should be in containers or bags (such as backpacks) that are durable, waterproof and portable for possible evacuation or relocation to an emergency shelter if necessary.
Battery-operated radio/TV
Flashlights and extra batteries
Drinking water (1 gallon per person per day), stored in clean plastic containers with tight-fitting screw-cap lids, and other beverages
Canned food, manual can-opener, and cooking fuel such as sterno
Medications and prescriptions and contact information for family physicians
Special food and supplies for infants, elderly people, diabetics, etc.
First-aid kit and first-aid manual
Fire extinguisher
Bedding supplies, sanitary supplies (toilet paper, feminine supplies)
Cards, books, small games, road maps
Clothing, rain gear, sturdy shoes, extra glasses or contacts
Credit cards and cash, extra set of car keys, insurance policy numbers
Picture ID
List of important family information, style and serial numbers of medical devices, such as pacemakers
Food, water, medications, toys and carriers for all household pets
Monitor local media outlets for critical news and advisories. Additional preparation and disaster information can be found on the Orange County Emergency Services Web site: http://www.readyorange.org or
http://www.co.orange.nc.us/ems/documents/All-Hazards-Guide-2006.pdf
The American Red Cross, local power companies and state and federal emergency agencies provide preparedness and survival information. Check their websites for additional information.
American Red Cross: www.redcross.org
Duke Energy: www.duke-energy.com
Progress Energy: www.progress-energy.com
NC Department of Crime Control and Public Safety (CCPS): www.nccrimecontrol.org
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA): www.fema.gov

Monday, September 1, 2008

Assert our right to bear arms but keep your family safe from harm

For many asserting the right to bear arms is like apple pie and the ballgame, a way of life. Many people use guns as their means of providing personal safety protection for themselves and their families. However, safety for children should be the principle concern when owning any weapon. Any firearm should have a trigger lock. The weapon’s ammunition should be stored separately and both the ammunition and the firearm should be kept in a locked cabinet or drawer. Children are inquisitive and they should be taught that guns are not toys and that if the encounter a gun to leave it alone, and tell an adult.
Another key component to firearm safety is to protect the firearms from being stolen when you are away from home. Make sure your gun cabinet is bolted into the studs of the floor. Place the gun cabinet inside of a closet. If a home security system has been installed place a door contact or sensor on the closet door that is set for instant alert both when you are home and away so you can be certain that no one enters that restricted area without you being aware of entry. The alarm system will activate an audible alarm and if it is a false alarm, simply give the alarm company your special pass code and the authorities will not be dispatched. Having this set-up will assert that it will be very difficult for an intruder to obtain your firearms and use them in the perpetuation of a crime.