Saturday, 28 May 2011

Date Rape:


Brilliant Vid - just thought I’d share in case it helps







Protecting Yourself
The best defense against date rape is to try to prevent it whenever possible. Here are some things both girls and guys can do:
Avoid secluded places (this may even mean your room or your partner’s) until you trust your partner.
Don’t spend time alone with someone who makes you feel uneasy or uncomfortable. This means following your instincts and removing yourself from situations that you don’t feel good about.
Stay sober and aware. If you’re with someone you don’t know very well, be aware of what’s going on around you and try to stay in control. Also, be aware of your date’s ability to consent to sexual activity — you may become guilty of committing rape if the other person is not in a condition to respond or react.
Know what you want. Be clear about what kind of relationship you want with another person. If you are not sure, then ask the other person to respect your feelings and to give you time. Don’t allow yourself to be subject to peer pressure or encouraged to do something that you don’t want to do.
Go out with a group of friends and watch out for each other.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you feel threatened.
Take self-defense courses. These can build confidence and teach valuable physical techniques a person can use to get away from an attacker.


Getting Help 
Unfortunately, even if someone takes every precaution, date rape can still happen. If you’re raped, here are some things that you can do:
If you’re injured, go straight to the emergency room — most medical centers and hospital emergency departments have doctors and counselors who have been trained to take care of someone who has been raped.
Call or find a friend, family member, or someone you feel safe with and tell them what happened.
If you want to report the rape, call the police right away. Preserve all the physical evidence. Don’t change clothes or wash.

Write down as much as you can remember about the event.
If you aren’t sure what to do, call a rape crisis center. If you don’t know the number, your local phone book will have hotline numbers.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions and get information. You’ll have lots of questions as you go through the process — such as whether to report the rape, who to tell, and the kinds of reactions you may get from others.
Rape isn’t just physically damaging — it can be emotionally traumatic as well. It may be hard to think or talk about something as personal as being raped by someone you know. But talking with a trained rape crisis counselor or other mental health professional can give you the right emotional attention, care, and support to begin the healing process. Working things through can help prevent lingering problems later on.”


Spikeys in bottles
Find out more about above glow in dark bottle stopper and straw device at: Device aims to stop spiked drinks

Other resources:
Prevalence of date rape:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/98...
More about date rape drugs:
http://www.womenshealth.gov/faq/date-...
Steps to take if drugged/general info:
http://www.justthinktwice.com/itcant/...
Find your local crisis center:
http://centers.rainn.org/
http://www.rapecrisis.org.uk/


Related post: http://thenakedphoenix.blogspot.com/2011/05/finding-your-way-back-to-emotional.html

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