This material is designed to empower women with the most up-to-date information on cognitive strategies that will protect them from men who might try and hurt them.
Research informs us that women today (particularly young women) have a pervasive fear of sexual assault. This fear erodes self-confidence, and often restricts freedom of movement.
These safety tips are essential information for women today.
They will help to protect women by providing them with knowledge, awareness and skills. Women will develop confidence in their ability to recognize and avoid potentially dangerous situations, and also learn the “street smart” tactics necessary to deal with a crisis.
“Empowerment” is an overused word today, but audience response indicates that the material in this unique presentation is truly empowering.
The following section teaches women which rape resistance strategies work, and which ones don’t. It will also teach women the following skills:
If you think your life is in danger, always call the emergency services whenever possible.
This information is intended for guidance only. Use your own judgement in each situation.
It is impossible to describe a 'common' rape. Each rapist operates in an individual way, and women need to be aware of a variety of techniques to help themselves in a rape situation. There is no one answer to assure safety.
Please bear in mind that these safety tips were designed for Canadian citizens and advice will vary in different situations and locations. Always use your own local knowledge of your region in applying the safety tips.
Rape: Psychology, Prevention and Impact - by Marcia Cohen and Sherrie H. McKenna - Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute
Rape and Sexual Assault - by Dean G. Kilpatrick, Ph.D. - National Violence Against Women Prevention Research Center - Medical University of South Carolina