We asked Atlas Security Community Development Manager (Port Elizabeth) and Ambassador for Women Empowerment, Bernadette Nel- Naude to help us with some important safety tips.

Here are some of her key pointers to staying aware and limiting your vulnerability to attacks.

  • First and most important thing to remember is that there is no such thing as asking for it, it’s 100% the rapists fault.
  • The best thing that we can do as women is to raise men who respect women.

  • The majority of rapes are committed by a person that the victim knows.
  • Women need to be aware of social media. Do not put detailed information about yourself on social media platforms that can be used by robbers or rapists to harm you.
  • Awareness is always your first line of defence.
  • It is important that you reduce your exposure to potentially being victimized i.e.
  • Rapists tend to attack when women appear to be walking around aimlessly and they look vulnerable
  • Rapists are predators and will always target women who look weak and unable to defend themselves (easy targets)
  • Be assertive when moving around
  • When walking around late at night stay in groups as there is safety in numbers
  • Stay on pedestrian paths and avoid shortcuts through buildings
  • Always let a family member or friend know your destination and estimated time of arrival so that if you are abducted, someone will start looking for you.
  • Parking lots are one of the most dangerous areas for woman so try and park as close as possible to your destination
  • Get in your vehicle and lock your doors first before doing anything else
  • Park in well-lit areas
  • Never open your car via remote till you physically reach the door, as you will not always see someone slip into the backseat on the other side of your vehicle
  • If walking in the street, walk facing traffic so that you can see any oncoming threat or danger
  • Report any suspicious activity or person around your home or workplace immediately
  • If you see something, say something
  • Trust your instincts! Listen to your fears they are usually right!
  • There is an alarming increase in the number of date rapes so be alert when attending any functions
  • Protect yourself by never accepting drinks from anyone you don’t know or don’t know well enough
  • Be assertive. If someone is giving you unwanted attention tell them to back off firmly
  • Stay in groups
  • Avoid new types of alcohol
  • Make sure your cell phone is fully charged when going out at night
  • Get your own drink and try to stick to drinks that are sealed
  • Keep your keys on you!
  • Woman need to back each other up! If you see a woman in need help go to her aid. It could be you or your sister, daughter or mother.

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