Police Department, Crime Prevention
Rape & Date Rape
Rape is defined as a violent sexual act committed against
a person's will.
It is one of the most underreported crimes.
Not motivated by sexual desire, rapists want to hurt and humiliate their
victims, using sex as their weapon. Many people believe that rapes happen
between strangers in high-risk situations; but the reality is, in one-third
of the cases, victims are often attacked in their homes. In over half of the
reported rapes, victims know their attackers.
It is also a fallacy that women invite rape by dressing seductively. Anyone
can be raped: women, men, girls, boys, old, young, rich, or poor. In fact,
police believe that, in the stranger-rape situation, rapists tend to prey
on women who look frightened, easily intimidated, or seem to be daydreaming.
Some ways to reduce the risk of rape:
- Leave the lights on - when you're out, and
have your keys ready when you return.
- Avoid isolated places - such as elevators,
laundry rooms and garages, when you're alone. Also avoid these places when
someone there makes you feel uncomfortable.
- Vary your daily routine - if possible, so
it's not predictable.
On Dates or in Social Situations:
- Express yourself - about your sexual beliefs.
Make your limits clear before you get into a sexual situation.
- Be careful with alcohol - and other drugs.
They can cloud judgment and slow responses. Be aware of your date's use
of alcohol or other drugs, too.
- Arrange your own transportation - especially
if you don't know your date well. Drive, use public transportation, or go
out with a group or another couple.
Some tips to help you should you be attacked:
Should the Unthinkable Happen:
- Keep your head - stay
as calm as possible, think rationally and evaluate your resources and options.
- Possibly distract the attacker - with bizarre
behavior such as throwing up, acting crazy, or picking your nose.
- Go to a safe place - and call the police.
The sooner you make the report, the greater the chances the attacker will
- Do not shower, bathe, or douche - or destroy
any of the clothing you were wearing. It is important to preserve all physical
evidence for court use.
- Go to the hospital emergency room - for medical
care. Longmont United Hospital is located at 1950 Mountain View Ave. Ask
the examining doctor to make a note of all injuries received. Make sure
you are evaluated for the risks of pregnancy and venereal disease.
- Call someone - to be with you. You should
not be alone. In Longmont, you can contact Moving to End Sexual Assault (MESA) at 303 - 443 - 0400 (24-hour crisis line).