Crime Prevention : Safety Tips
In case of a rape and after rape
Try not to panic. Common sense is your best defence.
You can't always defend yourself and your resistance may
cause serious injury.
If the attacker is dangerous, co-operate and try to
negotiate. Submission is not consent.
Try to remember what the attacker looks like age, race,
height, hair colour, scars, tattoos, clothes, voice, jewellery.
Scream, yell, blow your whistle or run away if you possibly
Don't bath or change your clothes after an attack keep all
the evidence so that it can be used by the police for further
Report the crime to the Police Service straight away: go the
police station or phone 10111.
After a rape
Every victim of rape responds differently - but it is likely
that you will benefit form help.
You may feel
- dirty and want to wash repeatedly;
- scared and afraid to go out;
- that it is your fault and that you are guilty;
- that you can't sleep, have nightmares, can't eat, can't
stop crying; or
- that you want to forget it as quickly as possible and
get on with your life.
None of these responses are unusual or unnatural - remember
that there is always someone to help you like:
- Victim Support programmes;
- Health care;
- social workers;
- family; or
- church members
Ask the police official dealing with your case to recommend
someone to help you.
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