Seven Tips to Help You Avoid an Attack

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One in six U.S. women will be a victim of rape or attempted rape in her lifetime. College students are in one of the most vulnerable age groups for sexual assault; statistics reveal that about three percent of college women experience a completed and/or attempted rape during a typical college year.

“Sexual assault is a serious problem lurking beneath the idyllic appearance of many college campuses,” says Cassandra Juarez, author of A Journey Through the Penumbra: Out Of Rape’s Shadow. “Women must recognize the potential danger and learn what they can do to stay out of harm’s way.”

A licensed professional counselor, Juarez has helped many clients who have a history of

sexual assault and/or abuse. Moved by the profound sense of isolation most victims

expressed, she wrote her book, A Journey Through the Penumbra, to dispel the secrecy

and stigma about rape and to increase awareness of this very common problem.


Don’t leave your beverage unattended or accept a drink from an open container.


When you go to a party, go with a group of friends. Arrive together, watch out for each

other, and leave together.


Be aware of your surroundings at all times.


Don’t allow yourself to be isolated with someone you don’t know or trust.


Clearly state your limits about the level of intimacy you want in a relationship.


Suggest your own ideas about what to do on dates. Meet in public places, and stay in

public places, not in someone’s house or room.


End the date early if your date becomes drunk.

“Above all, trust your instincts and be assertive,” says Juarez. “If you think something’s not quite right or if you feel uneasy, get to where there are other people or tell your date to leave – NOW.”

If you or some one you know has been the victim of an attack, discover where to find help.

Get the free report “Top 10 Resources for Victims of Sexual Abuse” at

A Journey Through the Penumbra: Out Of Rape’s Shadow Cassandra Juarez; 2004; ISBN: 0-595-22018-5; $12.95;


Cassandra Juarez

(630) 661-1374

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