Every two minutes, a sexual assault occurs in this country. Because of that, I’d like to share some guidelines for summer safety. Yes, these tips can apply to both men and women, but I'm concentrating on women because about 9 out of every 10 rape victims are women.
When I was growing up, my dad was an ex-NYPD detective and I didn’t leave the house without having to answer a slew of questions about where I was going, who’d I be with and when I should call to check in. During and after college, every time I moved dorms or apartments in NYC, he would be there checking the windows, exits and fire escapes to be sure that my new home was secure.
As an adult I can see how those little tips (which I thought were annoying at the time) instilled awareness in me regarding my personal safety. Later on, my martial arts training honed this awareness.
1. Be socially smart.
Social media is a great thing if used responsibly, but it can also give a lot of information about your life. Two mistakes I see are: