Raising Awareness to Protect Women against Sexual Assault

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Nevada’s First Lady, AlertID and McGruff team up for Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Information is power. The more we are aware of the dangers in our neighborhoods and the more proactive we are, the better we can protect ourselves and our families.

The National Crime Prevention Council (Home to McGruff the Crime Dog®), Nevada’s First Lady, Kathleen Sandoval, and AlertID Founder, Keli Wilson, have teamed to raise awareness and offer resources for victims in commemoration of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (April).

A sexual assault occurs every 2 seconds in the United States. While both men and women are susceptible to becoming victims of sexual violence, a CDC survey revealed that 1 in 5 U.S. women have been raped during their lifetime and 1 in 2 have encountered some form of sexual violence.

“As a community, we must support victims of sexual violence as well as focus on prevention,” said Nevada’s First Lady and Children’s Cabinet Director of Operations, Kathleen Sandoval.

Unfortunately, sexual assault incidents are reported less frequently than any other violent crime as only a small percentage of victims are willing to step forward to report their experience and involve the criminal justice process.

“When a person is victimized by crime, we must employ the necessary local resources to help law enforcement apprehend the person responsible and to support the victims,” said Ann M. Harkins, NCPC President and CEO.

Protecting yourself by being informed about the dangers in your area and understanding preventative measures are critical to prevent victimization. According to AlertID Founder, Keli Wilson, “Information is power. The more we are aware of the dangers in our neighborhoods and the more proactive we are, the better we can protect ourselves and our families.”

The National Crime Prevention Council and AlertID offer the following 8 tips to help protect women from becoming victims:

1. Be aware of your surroundings - become a member of AlertID for free at http://www.AlertID.com to stay informed of the sex offender, current crime alerts and up to the minute warnings from neighbors in any area important to you.

2. Avoid walking or jogging alone – particularly at night. Additionally, vary your route and stay in well-traveled, well-lighted areas.

3. Walk with confidence - the more confident you look, the stronger you appear.

4. Be wary of isolated spots – underground garages, offices after business hours, and apartment laundry rooms.

5. Have your key ready to use before you reach the door – this includes home, car, or work.

6. Drive on well-traveled streets with doors and windows locked.

7. Trust your instincts - if you feel uncomfortable in your surroundings, leave the area immediately.

8. In the event you have car trouble - call for help on your cell phone or if you don’t have a phone, put the hood up, set road flares, lock the doors, turn on the hazard lights, and wait for a public service worker to assist you.

For more prevention tips and resource information on Sexual Assault from AlertID, developed in conjunction with the National Crime Prevention Council, please visit: http://alertid.com/search/sex-crimes.asp

Victim support resources are especially important functions of the recovery process for all survivors of sexual violence. If you are sexually assaulted, it is not your fault. Don’t be afraid to ask for help or support.

Resources for Victims:

National:
National Sexual Assault Hotline 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)
Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, 1-800-656-HOPE

Nevada:
Rape Crisis Center: http://www.rcclv.org 702-366-1640

About AlertID, Inc.
AlertID, your neighborhood safety network, is free to use and helps protect families and neighborhoods. AlertID's mission is to help people live safely by providing a secure way to receive trusted public safety alerts and share information with family members and neighbors.

AlertID uses technology to help citizens and federal, state and local authorities share information about crime, sex offenders, natural disasters, missing children and severe weather that can threaten public safety. AlertID is accessible to members online as well as by email and mobile app. For more information visit http://www.AlertID.com

About the National Crime Prevention Council
The National Crime Prevention Council is the nonprofit leader in crime prevention. For more than 30 years, our symbol of safety, McGruff the Crime Dog®, has delivered easy-to-use crime prevention tips to millions of adults, teens, and children. Law enforcement agencies nationwide rely on our expertise to make an impact on personal safety and crime every day. For more information on how NCPC can be a public safety expert for you or how to “Take A Bite Out Of Crime®,” visit http://www.ncpc.org.

About Children’s Cabinet
The Children’s Cabinet exists to keep children safe and families together by offering services and resources that address unmet needs, through a unique and effective cooperative effort between the private sector and public agencies in Northern Nevada. For more information visit http://www.childrenscabinet.org.

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