Rape is defined as sexual intercourse forced on a person without his or her permission. The most useful rape prevention tool available is to be more aware about rape. 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:
Through no fault of your own, you may find yourself in situations where you are being pressured into sexual activities you do not want. Some things you may try include:
Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network - www.rainn.org
Date rape - prevention; Sexual assault - prevention
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