April is the official month of sexual assault awareness (even if it didn’t get a lot of coverage). While of course it would be easier for men to simply just not assault women, that’s a discussion for another day. Until then, women must take all sorts of precautions to try to minimize their chances of being assaulted or attacked by a man.
For me, this includes:
-Lock my car door if I see pedestrians by the road
-Own mace, and keep it in my pocket if it’s after dark (btw, I DGAF what states mace is illegal in. Teach men not to rape and I’ll stop taking it with me)
-Carry my car key like a knife in case someone comes at me
-Own a stun gun
-Never leave a window in my apartment open more than two inches
-Own a giant, scary dog
-Make sure I am seen frequently in my community with said dog
-Avoid elevator rides where I am the only female aboard
-Lock my car doors if I will not be leaving immediately (ex. digging my iPod out of my purse)
-Refuse to go out by myself after dark
-Know basic self defense tactics
-Own a knife
-Know how to shoot a gun
-Periodically check over my shoulder while I’m walking
It’s a pretty sad state of affairs, but given our society’s acceptance and support of violent men and victim blaming, it’s better to be prepared.
Ladies, what do you do to avoid sexual assault?
Fellas, what do you do to avoid sexual assault?
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