What to Do if You are Assaulted

Although your personal safety is maximized when you take precautions, you may still someday be the victim of a crime. Your reaction can affect whether or not you are physically harmed.

You should think now about how you might react under a variety of circumstances. Are you prepared to scream and yell? Will you be able to use force to resist?

  • If you are faced with an armed criminal, the risk of injury may be minimized by cooperating with their demands. Avoid sudden movements and do what they demand.
  • If you believe your life is in danger, use any defense you can think of — screaming, kicking, biting or running. Your objective should be to get away.
  • If you have been the victim of a physical or sexual assault, call the police immediately.