19 aupairs from Chicago learned how to protect themselves in the case of an attack. Thank you Impact Chicago for the valuable lesson. I truely hope that these girls never need to use it.
I think the one thing we all learned is to use your voice: YELL NO!
Here are some interesting statistics:
*1 in 6 women in the U.S. have experienced an attempted or completed rape at some time in their lives.
*Nearly 50% of sexual assaults occur in the victims home or the home of an acquaintance.
*54% of all rapes of women occur before they are 18.
Tips for au pairs:
*When at the park with the kids never tell anyone you are an au pair.
*Do not visit the same park all the time. An attacker may be watching to
see where you live.
*Do not go out alone.
*Do not be on your phone when out. Be aware of surroundings.
* Trust your instincts- if you feel uncomfortable about someone near you on the street, in an elevator, on the bus, head for a busy place or yell “HELP”
*When your on the bus sit as near the driver as possible.
*Put ICE in your cell phone, along with a name and number of a loved one so emergency services can contact your family in an emergency.
*Always keep doors and windows locked.
For more information visit the Disvision of public safety: http://www.dps.uiuc.edu/universitypolice/personalsafetytips.html
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 5:04 AM