Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
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Public Safety

Rape Statistics

Be Aware that 1 out of every 4 college women polled was sexually assaulted during four years at college. Reported by Ms. Magazine Study on Sexual Assault and Rape.

Between 1973 and 1987, (14 years), over 2.3 million women reported sexual assaults in the United States. 71% of these victims avoided being raped by taking self-protective measures. Reported by United States Dept. of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics.

Develop Your Options

In 1988, rape victims took self-protective measures in 86.7% of the cases. "Rape victims were more likely to defend themselves than assault or robbery victims." Reported by Criminal Victimization in the United States, 1988.

The RAD objective is to develop and enhance the options of self-defense so that they become viable considerations to the women who is attacked.

Don't Be Victimized By Fear

"In fact, the most often used strategy for avoiders (of rape) appears to have been a combination of screaming and use of physical resistance." (Bart, P. & O'Brien, P. (1985). Stopping Rape: Successful Survival Strategies. Pergamon Press, New York.)

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