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My friend and I were robbed at gunpoint and abducted three weeks ago...I eventually got away but my friend didn't and she was raped. We have gone through an investigation with the police etc...but we wanted to post flyers about awareness around the collegetown we live in. Could you suggest any facts, tips etc., to include on it besides the date and crime that happened? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

I'm sorry to hear about what happened to you and your friend, but glad to know that you are using your experiences to prevent it from happening to others.

As for suggestions - how about calling your local police station and getting statistics on rape and battery in your community. There are national statistics, but sometimes that is too impersonal and removed for people. You could say "Every day a woman is raped in this community." "Domestic Violence is the leading killer of women between the ages of 18 adn 40." And others like that. For other current statistics and information, see the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) page here at FEMINIST.COM.

You might also want to include empowering information about where there is a rape crisis center in your community, and find out if the local police force been trained on these issues, so they fully understand them.

I'd also suggest you check out some of the links in our Sexual Harassment and Violence Against Women section for other ideas and resources. I hope this helps--good luck.


Amy

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