Rape is defined as a sexual act forced on a person against his or her will. The most useful tool to prevent rape is to be more aware of the issue. Always trust your instincts if you are somewhere or with someone that does not feel safe and comfortable.
The following safety tips may help reduce your chances of being raped:
When out by yourself:
At parties or in other social situations, take the following steps:
If you find yourself in a situation where you are being pressured into sexual activities you do not want, things you can do include:
Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network - www.rainn.org
Date rape - prevention; Sexual assault - prevention
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Updated by: Susan Storck, MD, FACOG, Chief, Eastside Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound, Bellevue, WA; Clinical Teaching Faculty, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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