Date rape is a serious crime. There are steps a woman can take to reduce the chances of it happening to her.

When going on a date- whether it’s a formal “date” or just a get together with just the two of you- always let someone else know your plans. Inform them where you are going, who you are going to be with and when you plan on returning. This can be a friend, roommate or family member, and then let them know when you return, or where you are when you retire for the night.

I understand that no one likes to have to “report in” as if you were a kid again, but it’s nice to have a buddy who cares and will investigate if you don’t report. There are a lot of single people who go missing, but aren’t missed for a few days, by then it’s too late!

Early in a relationship, take your own transportation, carry enough cash for a cab ride home. If he’s driving, not only are you at his mercy as to where you’re going, but a parked car can be a secluded place for a date rape. Meet in a public place. Do not leave your drink unattended- more on that lower on this page. So “powder your nose” before you get there.

Set limits early in a relationship. It may seem embarrassing, but it could help you both to know what the expectations are right away. You may realize at this point that this relationship will not be a “keeper”. Be clear and direct. If things are moving to fast simple say “No”. Don’t say it laughingly, you will not be taken seriously. Don’t indicate that you are not sure. Be assertive!
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Author's Bio: 

Su Ericksen is a first degree TaeKwonDo black belt and has taught self defense workshops. She lives in the Midwest with her family and works at a large medical center in the cardiology clinic.
You may contact her through her website: Self