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Awful Statistics on Date Rape (And how to avoid it)

No Intention

I had no intention to even write this post , writing this blog post isn’t easy, or fun or what many people might want to read. I had originally wanted to write a guide for women about staying safe when online dating!

Shocking statistics

But the reason I’m writing this is because while researching for to write the LookBetterOnline dating tip Blog that I came across some statistics that really shocked me:

  • Approximately one in four college aged women is date raped or experiences an attempted date rape during her college years.
  • Eighty-four percent of women who have been date raped knew their attackers.
  • Women between the ages of 16-24 are four times more likely to be date raped than any other age group.
  • Approximately 90% of date rapes happen with alcohol involved.

These statistics really got my attention! And made me angry to just read them, so here’s some practical advice to avoid date rape, and please pass this on to your friends who have daughters…if 1 woman can avoid this scenario then I will have fulfilled the purpose of writing this post.

Simple Tips to avoid date rape

Use good judgment and always meet initial dates in public, don’t allow anyone to come to your home immediately and don’t be pressured into inviting an individual into your home, even it’s for having a glass of water or using the bathroom.

Don’t get in a strange man’s car

Make your own travel arrangements when going to a date (If you have no transportation, call a cab rather than getting in a strange man’s car)…I know this sounds such simple advice.

Let a friend know

Always let a friend or family member know that you’re going on a date and where you’re going.

Trust your gut

Never be afraid to leave an uncomfortable environment. If your instincts are warning you to be afraid of a person or a situation, leave immediately…trust your gut. (Any decent man will understand and support you for doing this)

If You decide to drink…

If you decide to drink alcohol then don’t leave your drink unattended. If you think someone put something in your drink then find somewhere safe to go, call a friend to come and pick you up and go to the hospital and if this isn’t an option then call the police…

The bottom line is to know that alcohol impairs our judgment. The more you drink the more you are at risk. Keep yourself to a 1-2 drink limit, avoid secluded places and be aware of your own personal safety especially when with acquaintances and strangers.

Last thoughts and please share

NEVER feel obligated to kiss anyone simply because they paid for drinks or dinner. NEVER be obligated to engage in sexual activity with anyone who you don’t want to and never forget that NO means NO.

Please share this article if you know someone who’s at risk…

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Giles

Giles

As the Former CEO of LookBetterOnline, Giles was responsible for making sure our customers get the first-rate service we promise. Giles was also responsible for recruiting and training photographers who are asked to join our growing network of outstanding photo service providers. Giles wass responsible for day-to-day operations and new business development at LookBetterOnline

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