Attackers tend to target a certain “look” in women. No, wearing suggestive clothing or heavy makeup is No which will make you more likely to be a victim. Surprisingly, what does make a difference is long hair and loose clothing. Women with long hair, especially if it’s styled in a ponytail or loose braid that can be easily grabbed, are prime targets. Buns or French braids fit that bill. Attackers also look for women who wear loose clothing that they can easily rip off or tie up.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language defines sexual assault as “Conduct of a sexual or indecent nature toward another person that is accompanied by actual or threatened physical force or that induces fear, shame, or mental suffering.” Most people only think of rape when defining sexual assault, but this can also include indecent exposure.
Contrary to popular belief the most common time for an attack on women is not at night. It is, in fact, during the early morning. Predators know that this is when women are most likely to travel alone. Be aware if you must be away from home during the first part of the day.
The most common place for an assault to occur is a parking lot. Predators count on the fact that their target’s hands are full. They also look for those who are distracted, such as women who are chatting or texting on their cell phones. These women are seen as easy prey. To avoid this, pay attention to where you park, be aware of your surroundings when heading to your car, stay away from your cell phone, and always be prepared to defend yourself.
What motivates a predator? In fact, most sexual assaults have nothing to do with sexual desire. Sexual predators are motivated by power and a sense of control. They beat you because they can. Feed his insatiable ego. That is why there are victims of all ages. This also explains why seductive clothing is not what makes a woman a target. Statistics show that counterattacking or resisting in any way keeps most attackers moving forward. They do not expect resistance. They also know that this increases the probability of discovery. Keep something handy that you can use to fight back, like a stun gun on your keychain or pepper spray, or at least a personal alarm. Sexual predators look for easy prey. Don’t give them what they want FIGHT AGAINST!
Understanding the 5 W’s of sexual assault can help prevent you from being a victim.