No matter the age, women should not view themselves as victims, and thanks to a class given by the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office, the Ruby Getabouts Red Hatters are more confident in their personal safety.
According to a study by the Justice Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1.9 million women are physically assaulted each year in the United States. Since many women do not report their assaults, the numbers could be even higher.
To keep themselves from becoming a statistic the red hatters learned personal safety tips from LCSO Deputy Ron Kesner on Friday, Jan. 3 at the sheriff’s office.
Everyone can benefit from the tips Kesner provided the women.
He suggested being aware of your surroundings and keeping your ears and eyes open. At night, walk in lighted areas and don’t get distracted, otherwise you could find you have walked into a dark area which could make you a prime target.
While traveling from point A to point B, think about keeping your cell phone on camera mode. Should a person begin to follow you, turn and take their picture without them knowing. Kesner said crimes have been solved that way.
When out shopping and it becomes dark, such as during the winter months, Kesner advised the group that if they feel uncomfortable walking to their car, ask security for an escort. He said they can contact the sheriff’s office for an escort if they feel a need.
“That’s what we are here for,” Kesner said. “Don’t be afraid to use your tax dollars. We want you to be safe.”
Kesner said to consider having a plan in mind and practice it your head if you should be confronted. He said there are three types of confrontations.
To read the entire story, see the Jan. 9 edition of The Central Virginian.