Staying Safe

One of the unfortunate outcomes of this movement is an increased rate in the sexual assault of young people. Mostly young women. You can often see in the news people in authority blaming these abused for what they wear or how they look. Blaming the abused is never okay and only helps the abuser continue on their path of devastation. When someone you know has been a victim of sexual abuse you should do your best to comfort them and let them know that they are safe. Ask them if they need anything or would like to take it to the police. You should not force them to go the police however. This could cause a complete mental break in someone who has just went through trauma. On the flip side however, time is limited after the abuse for how long evidence can be collected. If they do want to speak with the police they should do so sooner rather than later.

While victim blaming is completely wrong, there is some small amount of truths in what they are saying. I wished we lived in a world where anyone could walk down the street at night and be safe, unfortunately we do not. You have to take care of and protect yourself. There are a few simple tips you can follow that will help to minimize the odds of something terrible happening.

  1. Go with friends or family. If you’re with a group of people you won’t be much of a target for potential abusers. If you cannot go with other people you need to be extra alert and vigilant. Never leave your cup and if you start to feel strange call someone immediately. Before you go make sure you let some friends or family members know where you are and when to expect you back. This will ease their minds as well as your own.
  2. Avoid places where you don’t know anyone. If you’re the only person without any connections at the party you’re more likely to be victimized. Abusers look for people who seem out of place who can be easily isolated.
  3. Know your limits of drinking. One of the worst things you can do is drink yourself to a state of not being able to properly function or communicate. If this does happen, and you being to feel uncomfortable, call a friend or cab to come pick you up.

Over time the rate of sexual abusers has gone down. It will continue to go down as we advance as a society. However, we still aren’t there yet so please take care of yourselves and family members/friends. Remember, you’re still going out to have fun. Just be cautious and use common sense when going out.

Condoms

A condom is a penis shaped device used to protect the users from pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. Those who properly use condoms see a roughly 2% rate of pregnancy. This is considerably lower than those who do not use condoms. Latex is the most common type of condom. They do however have different types if you’re allergic to latex.

They should be used always during random encounters. If you both know each other well then you could consider using other types of protection. They a great when used in combination with other preventative products.

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