Sexual Assault Prevention Tips Guaranteed to Work

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Ellen Snortland

Ellen Snortland is a writer, self-defense advocate, actor, lawyer, radio and TV personality.

Posted: March 1, 2010 01:57 PM

Twice a year, I get really lame-brained “Warning!” emails about the latest crimes against women and/or tips-for-the-gullible on how to stay safe. They are typically lumped under subject lines that say “Prevent Sexual Assault!” or “Caution: Criminals Lurk in Dumpsters” or some such nonsense. Given that I’m an expert in personal safety and self-defense, they are mind-bogglingly stupid to me and my colleagues at IMPACT Personal Safety, yet somewhat credible to the uninitiated and ill-informed. One of my recent favorites was “Avoid wearing overalls!” The underlying logic is that an assailant with scissors could come along, “snip, snip”… and there you’d be, standing with your overalls pooled around your ankles.

Here’s a refreshing change: I actually have useful tips that I invite you to send to as many people as possible. As much as I’d like to give credit where credit is due, these tips are so-far unattributed — although they came from a hilarious and insightful new blog called I Blame The Patriarchy. It has some of the least namby-pamby gender analysis I’ve seen in a long time, and it’s a hoot!

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