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Title: A Personal Safety & Self Defense Presentation

A Personal Safety Self Defense Presentation
  • Presented by the UAA Police

A Personal Safety Self Defense Presentation
  • Who is responsible for your personal safe?
  • YOU ARE!

When it comes to your Personal Safety there are
Four issues to consider.

These are 90 of Self Defense Education!
The Victimization Triangle
  • Victims Assailant

  • Opportunity
  • Remove the Foundation of Opportunity

Awareness Lessen Your Chances of Being a Victim!
  • Be aware of your surroundings and situations that
    might be dangerous.
  • Know how to avoid these situations.
  • Know what choices to make if you find yourself
    in a potential situation.

Awareness Maintaining Self-Control
  • Remember if you allow alcohol and other drugs to
    impair your judgment, you make yourself
    vulnerable to anything.

Reduction/Avoidance Strategies When You go out
  • Make sure you have a say in where you go and who
    will be with you.
  • Have other transportation and/or money available
    if you choose to leave a date.
  • Stay in group situations.
  • Let other people know your plans.
  • Carry your cell phone and make sure the battery
    is charged.

Reduction/Avoidance Strategies Tips for the Home
  • Keep entrances well lit.
  • Check ID of service people before letting them
    inside. When in doubt call the company to verify.
  • Install peepholes and deadbolts on doors.
  • Never give the impression you are alone.
  • Keep bushes and shrubs trimmed.
  • Be aware of potential hiding places.

Reduction/ Avoidance Strategies for the Home,
  • If you come home and see open doors or windows,
    signs of forced entry, dont go inside. Go to a
    phone or safe place and call police for help.

Reduction Avoidance Strategies in Your Car
  • Keep your car in good working order. Make sure
    you have gas and fill up during the day.
  • Always have your keys out and be ready to get in
    your car.
  • Look around under your car while walking to it.
    If something looks suspicious walk past.
  • Lock your doors immediately after entering and
    keep your doors locked at all times.

Reduction Avoidance Strategies In Your Car Cont.
  • Park in well lighted public areas when possible.
    Always lock your car.
  • Dont get out of your car if something looks odd,
    drive away.
  • Look in your car when getting inside, that means
    in the back seat and cargo area.
  • If you are attacked in a parking lot roll under a
    car, it makes it hard to get you and call police
    on your cell.
  • Dont help strangers who break down, call for

Reduction/ Avoidance Strategies In Your Car
  • If you get a flat drive carefully to the nearest
    well lit and well traveled area before you stop.
  • If you are in an accident stay in your car until
    police arrive if you dont feel safe about
    getting out.
  • If you are being followed dont go home. Drive to
    the nearest police or fire station and honk your
    horn. Or drive to a gas station or store.

Reduction / Avoidance Strategies while out on
  • Always be aware of your surroundings.
  • Be aware of the people and animals around you.
  • Walk close to the curb. Avoid doorways, bushes
    and alleys.
  • Dont walk alone at night, avoid areas with few
    people or areas not well lit.
  • On campus call UPD for a safety escort.

Reduction / Avoidance Strategies While on Foot,
  • Be careful of people who stop to ask directions.
    Keep your distance when answering so you can run
    or just tell them you dont know and keep
  • If you feel like you are being followed walk to a
    well populated area.
  • If you are in trouble attract attention any way
    you can. Yell for help or blow a whistle, dont

Recognition / Avoidance Strategies for anywhere
  • Two Important Rules to remember!
  • Always, Trust your instincts. If you feel uneasy
    in a situation do something about it, dont worry
    about appearing foolish or overly cautious.
  • Believe in yourself. Have the strength to be
    independent. Dont allow your self to be

Avoidance Strategies Safety Tips
  • Trust your instincts. If a situation, a person or
    a group of people make you feel uneasy walk away.
  • Take your cell phone.
  • Know the numbers?
  • Know where the emergency phones are on campus if
    you dont have a phone.

Avoidance Strategies for Sexual Assault
  • Remember, Everyone has the right to say no to
    unwanted sexual contact.
  • No one has the right to force or coerce sex from
  • Communicate Clearly
  • Maintain Self-Control

Avoidance Strategies for Sexual Assault
Communicating Clearly
  • Be Assertive
  • Dont expect your date to know what your
    thinking, tell them.
  • Mean what you say and say what you mean firmly.
    No means No.
  • Miscommunication can make you vulnerable to rape
    dont send mixed signals.

Legal Definition of Sexual Assault (AS 11.41.410)
  • An offender engages in sexual penetration without
    consent of that person
  • Attempts to engage in sexual penetration without
    consent and causes injury
  • Or with a person the offender knows is mentally
    incapable, incapacitated, or unaware the act is
    being committed.

Rape Myths Realities (STAR)
  • Rape is a crime of passion.
  • Most rapists are strangers.
  • Most rapes are interracial.
  • Rape is a act of power, control, anger,
    hostility. Sex is used to express these feelings.
  • The majority of rapes 80 - are committed by
    person known trusted by the victim.
  • Nationally, 90 involve a rapist and victim of
    the same race.

Rape Myths Realities Cont.
  • Rapes occur anytime and place, often in familiar
  • Anyone can be raped. Rapists seek out the
    vulnerable. Children, elderly and the disabled
    are especially at risk.
  • Many rapist are already in consenting sexual
    relationships when they commit an assault. Rapes
    are often planned in advance.
  • Rape only happens in dark alleys or secluded
  • Only young attractive women are raped.
  • Rape is an impulsive, uncontrollable act of
    sexual gratification most rapes are

Statistics -
Crimes and Victimization in American 2005
Statistical Overview The Nation Center for
Victims of Crime
  • In 2007, there were 248, 300 victims of rape,
    attempted rape, or sexual assault. (Rape Abuse
    Incest National Network (RAINN website).
  • In 2003 39 of all rapes/sexual assaults were
    reported to law enforcement agencies, a 16
    percent drop from 2002.
  • In 2003, 89 of rapes and sexual assault victims
    were female and 11 male.
  • Forty-four percent (44) of all reported forcible
    rape offense were cleared by law enforcement.
  • Almost two-thirds of all rapes are committed by
    someone who is known to the victim. 73 of sexual
    assaults were perpetrated by a non-stranger 38
    of perpetrators were a friend or acquaintance of
    the victim, 28 were an intimate and 7 were
    another relative (National Crime Victimization
    Survey, 2005)

Stats for Alaska
Statistics about Sexual Assault from Stand
Together Against Rape (STAR) website
  • Alaska is the 1 state in the country for Rape
    and has been for 23 out of the last 30 years (FBI
    Uniform Crime Report.)
  • Alaskas reported rate of rape per capita is 2.6
    times the national average (FBI Uniform Crime
  • Anchorage has the ninth (9) highest sexual
    assault rate of any city in the United States,
    and Fairbanks is ranked first (1st) (FBI Uniform
    Crime Report).
  • Native American and Alaska Native women are 2
    2.5 times more likely to be sexually assaulted
    than women of all other ethnicities in the U.S.
    (Amnesty International Report 2007)

Avoiding Date Rape Drugs
  • Never leave your drink unattended. Never!
  • Dont accept a drink from someone you wouldnt
    trust with your life.
  • If you feel sick or dizzy while out go to someone
    you trust and tell them.
  • Call someone on the phone for help.
  • Call 911 for help, never leave alone. Remember
    the purpose of these drugs is to incapacitate
  • Alcohol increases the effect.

Drug Information
  • There are three common types (Rohypnol, GHB,
    Ketamine). There are other types as well.
  • They are easy to administer (Stir into a drink
    and dissolve).
  • Victims feel the effects and leave alone making
    them vulnerable to attack.
  • If the victim comes to while being assaulted the
    drugs make them totally helpless and unable to do
  • Victims of this type of assault often doubt the
    event happened because of impaired memory.

  • Street names roofies, R-2, Rib, Rope
  • Form tasteless, colorless, odorless pill
  • How used dissolved in someones drink
  • Effects drowsiness, dizziness, respiratory
    distress, temporary amnesia, confusion,
    excitability, unconsiousness, possibly death.

  • Street names
  • K, special K, cat valium, and vitamin
  • Form colorless, odorless liquid or white or
    off-white powder
  • How used mixed with beverages or added to
    smokable materials such as marijuana or tobacco
  • Effects Depression, delirium, amnesia, impaired
    motor function, high blood pressure, and
    potentially fatal respiratory problems.

  • Street names liquid ecstasy, liquid g
  • Form odorless liquid with salty taste
  • How used poured in someones drink
  • Effects same as Rohypnol plus shaking,
    headaches, seizures, coma, temporary paralysis,
    possibly death

Recognition If Your Attacked
  • Keep your head. Stay calm think rationally about
    your options.
  • It may be more advisable to submit than to
    resist. This is especially true when confronted
    with a weapon.
  • Stay observant and alert so that you can help
    describe your attacker to police.

Recognition If Your Attacked, Cont.
  • Should you Resist? Only YOU can decide.
  • Keep accessing the situation as it occurs. If one
    thing doesnt work try something else.
  • Options include non-resistance, negotiating,
    stalling for time, distracting the attacker and
    running to a safe place, verbal assertiveness,
    physical resistance, and defensive weapons.

Recognition If Your Attacked, Cont.
  • If you are being forced to get into a vehicle,
    your life is in danger, so resist at all costs.
  • Attract attention, cause a disturbance or try to
    disable your attacker.
  • Do NOT get into the car. Yell, gouge their eyes,
    kick and/or knee them in the groin, stomp on
    their foot, use your elbows.
  • FIGHT like you never have before. This is the
    fight of YOUR life.

Classes / Training / Products for self-defense
  • There are several classes you can take.
  • There are also several products you can buy, but
    remember if you purchase an item you need to be
    properly trained on how to use it and when you
    can use it legally.

UPD offers R.A.D. classes
  • The Rape Aggression Defense Basic Personal
    Defense System is a national program of realistic
    self-defense tactics and techniques taught for
    women only.
  • All courses are taught by nationally certified
    R.A.D. Instructors

R.A.D.s Basic Self Defense Class
  • The goal of R.A.D. is to provide realistic
    self-defense options to women, regardless of
    their level of physical conditioning.
  • Students at all levels of ability, age,
    experience, and strength will be provided with
    techniques and information that can be
    effectively used from the first day of class.
  • R.A.D. is not a martial arts program, nor does it
    require students to be athletes in training to

UPDs R.A.D. classes
Just a reminder for when you need Help!!!
  • Call 911
  • Call UPD on campus at 786-1120.
  • Use an Emergency Phone.

For Help STAR
  • Local help for victims of Sexual Assault is
    provided by Standing Together Against Rape.
  • They are located in Anchorage and available 24/7.
  • STAR
  • 1057 Fireweed Lane, Suite 230
  • Anchorage, AK 99503
  • star_at_staralaska.org
  • (907) 276-7279

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