Lifestyles: Protection Tips
According the U.S. Department of Justice, 1 in 5 women will experience a sexual assault during their life.
In this week's Lifestyle Report, Beartooth NBC's Jill Jagelski sat down with the Lewis and Clark County Sheriff to gather some tips on how women can stay safe.
Every woman has the right to be safe, but sometimes women have to take matters into their own hands and protect themselves from the danger of sexual predators. Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton says there are a number of precautionary steps women can take to stay safe.
Sheriff Dutton says, "One of those things is attitude, it sometimes going to take advantage of you or someone going to do something like that, the first defense they are going to notice if it's a would-be-attacker is your attitude. If you are submissive and 'please leave me alone' that almost encourages them because that's the weak."
Dutton says females need to be assertive and even make eye contact with the predator.
Sheriff Dutton says, "So you are going to look at them, look them square in the eye and you are going to start yelling 'leave me alone! I'm going to hurt you! Knock it off!' and just 'HELP' and you need to be serious about it, you need to get in their face and you need to let them know this isn't going to go well for them because you are going to fight with every ounce."
Dutton says if you can't initially get away, there are certain targets to aim for.
Sheriff Dutton says, "For men we got a couple of targets that take us out. And for women that's where you're going to head. Number 1, you are going to make noise. Number 2, you are going to let them know you are not afraid and you are not going down without a fight. Number 3, you are going to target those sensitive areas, especially one, and you are going to hammer on it till you get away."
For his final tip, Dutton says to never give up, keep fighting because no women should ever be taken advantage of.
Story by Jill Jagelski, Beartooth NBC.
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