Friday, September 10, 2010

Safety first...

Great Hall at Union Station Washington DC
A recent community women's meeting had a guest speaker, Lisa Adams-Williams, a detective with the DC Police's Sexual Assault Unit. Ms. Adams-Williams spoke on how to avoid being assaulted, as well as what to do if it happens to you.

She gave much of the usual spiel about being careful in parking garages, with the additional caveat to be careful about parking near the driver's side of a van, as people have been snatched away from that side of such a vehicle.

The most surprising information (perhaps it shouldn't be) was her caution that the restrooms in Union Station are the most likely places for sexual assault attempts in DC, so to be careful to accompany children to the restrooms there, whenever possible, to avoid problems. (And to be careful there yourself.)

You probably already know that if you are assaulted, that you don't shower or change your clothing, etc., until after you report it to the authorities. She also mentioned that you should first report the crime to the police, then go to a hospital or clinic.

Of course, you need to report the crime where it occurred (what happens in DC stays in DC)--if the crime happens in DC, then report it to the DC Police. If you're attacked in Arlington, report it to the Arlington County Police, etc.

All in all, a helpful chat, and hope to speak with her again.

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