From very early in our lives as females, we are taught to be paranoid about our personal safety. There are classes, special talks given at college by police officers — you know the drill.  Here is a list of tips that, if followed, will prevent 100% of sexual assaults.  A big thank you to Shayne Austen for writing this at No, Not You, and to the writer and general Awesome Femme, Kate Bachus for the  link.


Sexual Assault Prevention Tips Guaranteed to Work!


1.   Don’t put drugs in people’s drinks in order to control their behavior.


2.   When you see someone walking by themselves, leave them alone!


3.   If you pull over to help someone with car problems, remember not to assault  them!


4.   NEVER open an unlocked door or window uninvited.


5.   If you are in an elevator and someone else gets in, DON’T ASSAULT THEM!


6.   Remember, people go to laundry to do their laundry, do not attempt to molest someone who is alone in a laundry room.


7.   USE THE BUDDY SYSTEM! If you are not able to stop yourself from assaulting people, ask a friend to stay with you while you are in public.


8.   Always be honest with people! Don’t pretend to be a caring friend in order to gain the trust of someone you want to assault. Consider telling them you plan to assault them. If you don’t communicate your intentions, the other person may take that as a sign that you do not plan to rape them.


9.   Don’t forget: you can’t have sex with someone unless they are awake!


10. Carry a whistle! If you are worried you might assault someone “on accident” you can hand it to the person you are with, so they can blow it if you do.


     And, ALWAYS REMEMBER: if you didn’t ask permission and then respect the answer the first time, you are committing a crime- no matter how “into it” others appear to be.


Even if you leave the keys in your car and the door open, the person who drives off with your car is still a car thief.  No one questions that.  If we spent half the time and energy educating young men as we do making young women paranoid, things might be better. ~ Pixel Chick