Sunday, June 7, 2009
Rape Prevention Using Security Solutions
Imagine for a moment you’re inside your home going through the daily routine of watching your favorite television program that airs on that particular day. Much like the annoyance of commercial interruption, you are perturbed by a knock on the door. “Who the heck is that,” you sullenly mutter as you rise from the leather recliner. “It’s probably that “Bleeping” security system solicitors again. If I’ve told them once I’ve told them a thousand times, I don’t want a security system.” Just as you open the door prepared to utter your pat and snide, “I’m not interested, “you are bewildered by the sight of a half naked women bruised and bloody, crying uncontrollably on your doorstep. You don’t know what to say. Between her sobs, you come to understand that she has just been raped, and she is your next door neighbor’s daughter!
After getting her some clothes and calling the police, you have time to reflect on your past thoughts and judgments, and come to realize that no one is immune to the bad elements of the world. According to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) calculation based on 2000 National Crime Victimization Survey. Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice, a woman, in America, is raped every two minutes. So during the time the time it takes to read this post, several more lives will be negatively changed forever. The FBI estimates that only 37% of rapes are reported to the police, and the United States Justice Department estimates that only 25% of rapes are reported to the police.
Rape is one of the most deplorable acts committed against another person. It is not a subject that is talked about in polite company. Rape is a subject that people don’t want to think about. However, once a person has become a victim of a rapist, the horrific act is something that they can never forget. The apprehension and conviction of the rapist, doesn’t make the act any less painful. Everyday, criminals are released back into society without having to wear a scarlet letter, orange or striped jumpsuit with the word “inmate” stamped in bold on the front or back. You can’t tell who they are, but they know what they like and it may be your neighbor, daughter, mother or friend. If after being incarcerated for years, without sexual contact with women, it is a delusion of the highest proportion to assume that they will not have any interest in you. Rape is not only committed by ex-cons, but past boyfriends and husbands and other sexually deviants. The violent perpetrator that commits rape can have a normal face that conceals a psychotic mind. A hard topic such as this should only be discussed, but plans put into place to make potential victims less desirable targets.
All women should be cognizant of the fact that they could be a victim. It does not matter if you skinny, short, tall, over weight, long hair, short hair, old, young, black, white, or any color under the rainbow. If you are super model hot, you can be a target. If you are less than desirable, in your own eyes, you can still be a target, and possibly a greater target. This is because the victimizer can sense your lack of self esteem. They will act based off of that perceived weakness. It is their assumption that you will be less likely to tell, and will comply more easily. The model quality women may become a target because the victimizer has always been rejected by women that are highly favored by other men. The rapist wants to assert a form of authority over women in this category to avenge his past rejections. To protect yourself it is wise to implement the following strategies:
• Women should always be aware of there surroundings.
• Park in well lit areas
• If you have had a recent break-up with a boyfriend or husband, that threatens or stalks you, report it to the police.
• Get an escort to your car when possible.
• Change the locks on your home if you gave an ex boyfriend or husband a key.
• Install a monitored home security system with cellular back-up.
• Have a key-chain remote with a panic button so you can send a distress alert if you are accosted outside your home within 150 feet of the residence.
• Make sure that you have motion lighting on the outside of the home.
• When leaving the home make sure to lock all windows.
• When you enter the residence, immediately lock the door behind you and arm the security in the stay mode to prevent a perpetrator from bursting in behind you.
• Purchase pepper spray and keep it on your key ring.
• Take a self defense class
• If you are grabbed in a public place yell “fire” it gets more attention than yelling “help.”
• Purchase a gun
Women should always remember that they are worth respecting. It is also important to remember that there are going to be times when no one else is there to protect you, and your defense will rest on what you know and have put into practice. You don’t need a man to be safe, but you do need to be aware that bad men could catastrophically change your life forever. If your boyfriend or husband does not think you should invest in your safety, he doesn’t think much of you, and that’s a fact! A person may get past a burglary, but rape is something you can not wipe away or forget. Human life is far too precious to naively leave up to chance. You are the only you the world will ever know, and you can not be replaced and should not ever have to face the horror of a crime like rape. Together we can all make a difference, but attitudes need to change and this topic needs to be brought to the forefront and not swept under the rug. It takes great strength to stand up and proclaim to the world that you will not sit idly by and not take sensible actions to protect yourself and the ones you love. However, you know your worth and are willing to stand to inspire others to do the same.