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Table of Contents

Prologue/Introduction

Chapter 1 Statistics

Chapter 2 The Vast Repercussions of Sexual Assault

Chapter 3 Myth versus Reality

Chapter 4 Attacker Profiles and Their Methods of Operation

Chapter 5 GHB the Date-Rape Drug

Chapter 6 Awareness: Parking Lots, Cars and Public Transportation

Chapter 7 Awareness: While Walking or Jogging

Chapter 8 Awareness: At Bars, Clubs and Parties

Chapter 9 Awareness: In Your Home or Apartment

Chapter 10 Awareness: In Offices, Elevators and Stairways

Chapter 11 Awareness: On Job Interviews

Chapter 12 Awareness: Online Dating Sites

Chapter 13 Awareness: Dating and Date Rape

Chapter 14 Thwarting an Attack

Chapter 15 You Did Everything You Could, But Were Still Sexually

Assaulted – What Now?

Epilogue

Resources

Bibliography

Biography

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Excerpts

from Chapter 1 - Statistics

FACT: 1 in 4 college women will be sexually assaulted during her tenure as a student. This too, is a Department of Justice statistic.

from Chapter 2 - The Vast Repercussions of Sexual Assault

In his study titled The Mental Health Impact of Rape, Dean Kilpatrick, Ph.D., found the following:

  • Almost one-third of rape victims experienced post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • Rape victims were 3 times more likely than women who were not victims of a violent crime to experience a major depressive episode.
  • A victim of rape was 13 times more likely than a non-crime victim to have attempted suicide.
  • 1 in 8 rape victims has attempted suicide.
  • Rape victims were 13 times more likely to have a problem with alcohol.
  • Rape victims were 26 times more likely to have some type of drug abuse problem.

from Chapter 3 - Myth versus Reality

MYTH: Rapists and sexual predators are easy to spot; they fit a specific profile. REALITY: First of all, 4 out of 5 assault victims know their assailant. That's 80%! If the perpetrators readily fit into an easy-to-recognize profile, far fewer attacks would occur.

from Chapter 4 - Attacker Profiles and Their Methods of Operation

Studies have shown the predator is less likely to attack a woman who moves with certainty and purpose as she walks. He is less likely to attempt entry into a home with a dog, or where he feels a second person might also reside.

from Chapter 5 - GHB the Date-Rape Drug

Some women have reported that GHB will have a soapy taste. This IS possible since solvents are used in the making of GHB. However, when properly mixed, there is no ability to detect the presence of GHB in a drink or even a glass of water. This being said, I address this for the primary reason that if a drink you have been drinking suddenly tastes “different” than it did a minute earlier or different than you know the drink should taste, DO NOT finish the drink.

from Chapter 6 - Awareness: Parking Lots, Cars and Public Transportation

Tip 6: Have your key ready to open the door. never stand next to your car searching your purse for your keys. Robbers, car-jackers, and sexual predators all watch for this type of distraction. They wait for this moment to attack.

from Chapter 7 - Awareness: While Walking or Jogging

Tip 2: If someone attempts to start a conversation with you, tell him you are late to meet your boyfriend or husband. Continue walking with purpose. You can be polite, while letting him know that you are not interested. Also, since this man does not actually know your destination, he will have no way of knowing if your “boyfriend” is a mere 30 feet off or a mile away. In this situation, the predator will usually keep moving, preferring to locate another victim. Do not stop walking to engage with this person. Again, even in emergency situations, most men are capable of understanding a single woman’s reluctance to assist.

from Chapter 8 - Awareness: At Bars, Clubs and Parties

Tip 3: NEVER leave your drink unattended. When getting up to dance or use the restroom, you have three options: 1) finish your drink; 2) take it with you; or 3) abandon it. Do not drink from a glass you have left unattended. It only takes a split-second to pour a vial of GHB into a glass. At that point, all the predator needs to do is sit back and wait for the drug to take effect. Even if you are just sitting and chatting, keep a napkin over your drink as an extra precaution.

from Chapter 9 - Awareness: In Your Home or Apartment

Tip 14: If you live alone and someone knocks on the door, as you approach the door, call out something like, “I've got it honey.” Make sure you say this loud enough to be heard on the other side of the door. This will give the person at the door the impression there is someone else in the house. (Note: Technically you should always do this even if someone else really is home.)

from Chapter 10 - Awareness: In Offices, Elevators and Stairways

Tip 6: Upon entering an elevator, stand toward the front, as close to the control panel as possible. If something goes wrong, you can hit the alarm button or press all the buttons. Pressing all the buttons will force the elevator to stop at each floor, increasing the odds of someone entering the elevator or giving you a chance to get out.

from Chapter 11 - Awareness: On Job Interviews

Tip 6: If this is your first interview with a company and you are called by someone saying they represent the organization and the caller tells you the meeting location has been changed, cancel the appointment. It is very rare that a legitimate company will send you out for an audition without having first interviewed you at their own offices.

from Chapter 12 - Awareness: Online Dating Sites

Tip 3: If a man’s dating profile pictures make him unrecognizable, I would suggest passing on the profile. Dark glasses, hats, pictures taken at a distance are all signs that a guy is trying to hide something – be it age, lack of hair or even his identity. While there could be a multitude of reasons for this practice, none of these reasons have any benefit to you.

from Chapter 13 - Awareness: Dating and Date Rape

Tip 3: Drive YOUR OWN car to the meeting place. There are several reasons for this.

  • You do not yet know the guy you're meeting. Therefore you cannot know if he has a drinking problem, and you do not want to depend on a drunk driver to get you home safely.
  • The guy you’re meeting may turn out to be not “your type.” Therefore, having him know where you live is probably not the best idea.
  • If things start to turn sour during dinner, you can leave without worrying about how you’ll be getting home.

from Chapter 14 - Thwarting an Attack

DRUGGING SCENARIO 1: You are in a bar and are starting to feel strange. You have only had 1 or 2 drinks and should not feel the way you do. DO NOT make the mistake of thinking you will begin to feel better. If you are with friends immediately tell them you think you may have been drugged and that you need them to get you to a hospital. If you are not with friends (real friends), find a police officer (most clubs now have on- or off-duty police officers working the front door), a bouncer or manager and tell him/her you think you may have been drugged. Whatever you do, do not allow a male acquaintance or a guy you just met to take you home or to the hospital. This is most likely the person who drugged you.

from Biography

Richard Hart received a degree in Criminal Science at the age of 18. At 20 he received a B.S. from the University of California at Berkeley.

He spent five years with San Mateo Police Department and two years with Aid to Victims and Witnesses – both in a volunteer capacity. Richard was presented with an Outstanding Student Award for Community Service for these volunteer activities.

Since that time, Richard has spoken at various meetings on crime prevention strategies. His unique methodology of teaching and conveying information has permitted people to avoid becoming victims of rape, robbery, and other violent crimes.

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What prompted the writing of this book?

In August of 2002, 2 teenage girls were kidnapped from a “lovers’ lane” type location in a town named Lancaster (approximately 45 miles northeast of Los Angeles).

A few years went by and one day a 21 year old hopeful model was kidnapped, raped and killed.

I woke up one day realizing that I had information that could have potentially thwarted both of these attacks. I realized at that time that if I was not part of the solution, I was part of the problem. I sat down and wrote the book.

I was not interested in a self-defense manual for the following reasons: 1) If a woman has to rely on self-defense, it’s already too late. 2) Knowledge of self-defense gives many women a false sense of security where they end up finding themselves caught in situations they may have exited or never entered had they not had self-defense training. 3) There are more than enough self-defense books and training classes in the market today, yet we still experience staggering numbers of sexual assaults.

I wrote a book about awareness. It is a unique one-of-a-kind writing with information found nowhere else, drawn from my years in crime prevention and observations during life. The Keep Your Daughter Safe series was a Grand Award Winner for writing excellence from Apex Publishing in 2008. Out of approximately 4500 nominees, roughly 13 books spanning approximately 45 categories were chosen to receive this award. FURTHER, Tanya Brown, sister of Nicole Brown-Simpson, called Keep Your College Daughter Safe “a must read for every college woman in America.” With these and other accolades, I am clear that a quality book has been produced that will lower the incidence of rape and sexual assault in America.

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Everyone says there are a million books out there… and they’re right!

What makes this book different and EXTREMELY UNIQUE are 3 different items.

1) The book has been written in an extremely simple format. Even the Table of Contents and the start of Chapter 1 read: “If you don’t like to read go straight to Chapter 6” in big bold letters. Many teenage girls couldn’t care less about statistics, the social and economic ramifications of sexual assault or other such details as are outlined in the first 5 chapters. But they WILL read the actual sexual assault avoidance strategies

2) Many of the suggestions/tips found in Keep Your Daughter Safe can be found NOWHERE ELSE. Not maybe on the internet, not maybe in assault awareness lectures, not here, not there… ONLY IN KEEP YOUR DAUGHTER SAFE. The reason for this is because many of the tips (as many as 50%) come from Richard Hart’s specific awareness and insights and training into victim avoidance strategies.

Police officers are doing the job of protecting us. And just as someone walking down the aisles of a drug store will find almost nothing on prevention (prevention of colds, illnesses, strains, tears, or breaks), the population is given very few tips on prevention. Of course you hear: “Don’t jog alone,” “Watch yourself in dark parking lots,” and other suggestions, but nowhere else is there information about how the guy offering the drugged girl a ride home, is actually the guy who drugged her drink.

If the information could be found anywhere and everywhere, why then has there been no dent in the numbers of rape and sexual assaults perpetrated against teenage girls. The answer is, because the information isn’t everywhere. The self-defense people never tell women that the average man outweighs the average woman by almost 50 pounds. This weight differential alone, makes it almost impossible for any woman to subdue her attacker.

3) A significant part of Keep Your Daughter Safe is written in scenario format. Scenario Format is describing a situation in such a manner so as to enable the reader to visualize an event. Once a situation is described to the reader, the author then informs the reader how to deal with the situation.

Study after study has supported the conclusion that scenario training is one of the most effective teaching methods available with higher absorption and greater retention.

These 3 items permit this book to “reach” young women in a manner and with information they have never been presented with in any forum or format.

The uniqueness of Keep Your Daughter Safe will absolutely help to lower the incidence of rape and sexual assaults being committed against our teenage girls.

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