Transforming Your Life for Better Health

Eating better is part of transforming your life for better health
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You may already know that the foods you eat can affect your health, but did you know that some of those foods can increase your chances of developing a chronic illness? As you get older, your body starts to alter its functions a bit. Depending on the way you’ve lived your life up to this point and the foods you have eaten, you may be on track to develop heart disease, diabetes, or some other type of disease.

Just because you may have health insurance and access to a good doctor doesn’t mean that you don’t need to be mindful of your actions or the foods you eat. On the contrary, you need to be more proactive about your health because once you develop a severe health issues, there’s often no turning back the clock. Medication can only do so much, and while it may enable you to live symptom-free and comfortably, you may not enjoy the side effects of those medicines. Regardless of your age, health, and current lifestyle, you may want to consider making the following changes to your daily routine.

Educate Yourself

Life is all about changes and some of those changes are not very fun or exciting to make. Sometimes, making changes can be hard because of the habits you have. However, in order for you to overcome the personal limitations that are interfering with your health, you need to know what they are, how you’ve become restrained by them, and what you can do to break free of them. Don’t just look for surface information and accept everything that you read with no questions asked. Challenge yourself to dig deeper so that you know that the information you are going to rely on to change your life is credible, sensible, and valid.

Get a Second Opinion

You may trust your current physician with your life, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t benefit from getting a professional second opinion about your health. Physicians are human and sometimes they make mistakes. To avoid being one of those people you hear about on the news that has been duped by their doctors into taking medications and undergoing treatments that they don’t need, you should see another doctor just to be safe. A professional second opinion may also alert you to underlying health conditions that you may have been unaware of.

Redo Your Household Menu

Now you don’t need to revamp your kitchen, refrigerator, and cupboards so that they only contain products from your favorite chefs, but you do need to stock them up with healthier foods. Keep in mind that everything that is advertised as good for you really isn’t. Learn how to identify common marketing terms that are used in the food industry to camouflage the more popular names for sugar, fructose syrup, sodium, and other unhealthy ingredients. You should also learn the names of popular ingredients that are beneficial to your health. Food items that are made by Hamptoncreek are just one of many brands that made for health enthusiasts that you should buy.

Get Your Home in Order

If you have gotten used to living a certain way that is not conducive to the lifestyle you want to live, you need to start making changes inside of your home. Throw out those items that you have been holding onto for years with no plans to use. Donate any furniture, clothing, and any household goods that you no longer need to charity. Get organized and toss out all of the clutter. By getting rid of these things, you are letting go of the clutter that has attached itself to you in the form of emotional baggage. Don’t be surprised if you feel like a fog has been lifted or a great weight has been removed from your shoulders.

Use Fitness Tools

You won’t believe how hard it is to get motivated about improving your health and activity level until you can see your progress as you make it. Even though you may not see those inches sliding off the very split second that they disappear, you will be able to see how many steps you are taking, measure your blood glucose levels, and keep track of your heart rate. Depending on the kind of fitness tools you decide to use you may be able to track more of your vitals.

It is never too late for you to commit to transforming your life for better health. Regardless of your motivation for doing so, the changes you need to make to get the results you want are worth it.

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You Are Free to Live Your Life the Way You Want To – Or Are You?

You Are Free to Live Your Life the Way You Want To ... except when you are sick
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The funny thing is that ‘freedom’ is one of those words that is relative to what you are talking about and what one person considers to be ‘free’ the next person may see as being anything but. In this country there is an old saying that “I can do whatever I want. I am free and 21.” Well, that really isn’t the case and never has been, really – unless of course you don’t ever accept the consequences for what you have done or are about to do. This is one of the reasons why we require so many people to study the Master of Public Health program. With too few people really paying attention to the ramifications of what they are doing, there is always some public health crisis to be dealt with. So are you free? Here is some food for thought.

Communicable Diseases

Whenever the latest scare of a pandemic hits there are too few people who take it upon themselves to stay home when they come down with flu-like symptoms. The only way to stop the spread of contagions effectively is to keep them at home – the sufferer and the contagion that is! Imagine you, as a person studying for your degree in public health. If you took conventional classes and attended the college campus, then you’d need to stay home if you came down with what appeared to be the flu so you didn’t pass it around campus.

However, since you are probably studying a Master of Public Health online program, you wouldn’t have this concern. The point is, those who are sick with something that is communicable should consider what the next person would do if they came down with the illness. Babies and old people could die. Yes, you are free to choose whether or not to stay home but are those people free from your ill-placed decision to take your germs in public? Not so much.

HIV and STDs

Then, what about HIV and STDs of all kinds? In the 60s it was all about ‘Free Love’ and sleeping with whoever struck your fancy. Well, times probably haven’t changed much but is that ‘free love’ really free? Having sexual relations with multiple partners puts everyone at greater risk for these potentially fatal diseases and so in reality, you may not be as free as you thought you were.

Teen Pregnancy

Teen pregnancies seem to be slowing down to some extent but they are still a consequence of failing to act responsibly. While kids have more liberty in their lives than at any time in the past, they are not free from the consequences of unprotected sex. Yes, they may be free to run around town and in that respect, free to choose whether or not to have sex, but what happens if the girl becomes pregnant? She may be free to abort the baby but is she free from any kind of consequence at all? It’s a terrible decision for anyone to face so all that ‘freedom’ isn’t really free, is it? There is always a price to pay.

No matter where you stand on the ethics of these very real public health issues, you have to admit that there are always consequences for everything you do. Simply by asserting your freedom to act in a certain way doesn’t necessarily mean you are free from the consequences of your behavior. So again, the question – you are free to live your life the way you want to but does this mean you are really free? You decide.

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The Various Benefits Offered by Bariatric Surgery Support Groups

More and more people turn to weight loss surgery in order to address their obesity. Bariatric surgery is major surgery, however. Not only is it a major procedure, and one not without risk, it is also a life changing procedure. You must change your entire lifestyle, eating habits, and exercise regime. And you must get used to becoming a whole new person, half the person you were before in size, but twice the person you were before in health. Unsurprisingly, people may have quite a bit of apprehension about having such a procedure done. Luckily, various support groups exist to help them before, during, and after the procedure. These groups are there to discuss important medical issues such as diet and exercise regimes, but also to talk about emotional issues, fears, coping problems, adjustment, and more.

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What Are Bariatric Support Groups

In most cases, the hospital in which your procedure is completed will also host a support group. However, the also exist in your own community, as well as online. They are designed to be a forum for those who have had surgery, but also for those who are considering the procedure. They have an educational role, talking about eating a healthy, nutritious diet and about exercise regimes. They also discuss what to expect before, during, and after the procedure and have quite a strong focus on the recovery period. In person meetings are usually organized weekly, fortnightly, or monthly. Various experts, including bariatric surgeons, participate in these meetings. They will hold presentations about what to expect and they may also discuss possible complications. This helps people to have a realistic view of what to expect and also helps to reduce any fear and misgivings they may have. Sometimes, hospital organized groups will also run seminars where issues such as treatment options, the effects of obesity, and the pros and cons of surgery are discussed.

Before having bariatric surgery, patients have to prepare themselves both psychologically and physically. This is why surgeons also ensure their patients go to counseling sessions before they have surgery. This is done for two reasons. Firstly, it helps the patient prepare properly for what they can expect, and what will happen after the surgery. During these sessions, they will hear about how their family members can help, and the stresses that the family can place on recovery as well, about their exercise options, and about dietary requirements. Secondly, it is an opportunity for the surgeon to determine whether the patient has the proper motivation to make the procedure a success and to make the necessary lifestyle changes.

After the procedure, patients will usually continue to receive counseling to prepare them for the challenges of their new life. The physical recovery period of this type of surgery is around six weeks, but psychological recovery takes much longer. Once a person starts to lose weight, they change and those around them change as well. This can be difficult to adjust to.

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The Top Choking Hazards for Children and Toddlers

Do you know what the Top Choking Hazards for Children are?

For parents, there are many safety concerns regarding their childrens well-being. One of the biggest safety concerns is choking, as children not only tend to put everything in their mouth, their airways are much smaller, which means that food that is too large can easily get stuck and block their airways.

For parents, it is extremely important to know how to handle a situation in which their child is choking, as being calm, cool, and collected could save their childs life. From taking a CPR course to knowing what objects are the biggest choking hazards, parents need to be prepared in order to accurately handle a situation and, hopefully, prevent it altogether.

Here are some of the top choking hazards that put children at risk:

Coins

Toddlers often put anything they find in their mouth, and spare change can pose a big threat to your childs well-being. Many people leave spare change in their purse, on the counter, or in other locations that are accessible to their children. In order to keep them from choking on change, do your best to make sure your change is placed in a childproof place.

Hot Dogs

Due to their size and shape, hot dogs are extremely dangerous for children. Many parents feed their children hot dogs, because their soft texture is easy for their children to eat, but their size and consistency pose quite a threat, as they can easily slide down their throats without being chewed, thus blocking their airways. By cutting them in small, irregular shapes, you can help to prevent them from choking.

Hard Candy

While many kids love hard candy, the small size and slippery texture is easy to choke on, especially if your kids are laughing or running while eating the candy. Many doctors recommend parents should avoid giving children under four hard candy, as they are typically not old enough to handle hard candy properly.

Safety Pins, Paper Clips, and other Household Objects

Small household objects are extremely hazardous, especially if they fall on the floor or are left sitting in a common area. Objects like safety pins, paper clips, nails, thumbtacks, batteries, buttons, and other household objects of similar sizes should be kept out of reach of children. Plus, if you throw away any of these items, make sure to put them in a trashcan that your child cannot get into, as many children often get into trashcans and pull out dangerous items.

Nuts and Raw Veggies

While many parents like to give their children small finger foods they can gnaw on, raw veggies like carrots or celery are easy to choke on because they are so hard to chew. Similarly, nuts and popcorn are so small that eating them whole can pose a big risk to their safety, especially if they have an allergy. Try to avoid giving your children whole nuts and popcorn.

Grapes

The size of grapes are particularly dangerous because of their circular shape. In order to keep them from choking on grapes, make sure to cut in them half or quarters, and if they have seeds inside, make sure to remove them.

Knowing the top choking hazards for children can help you take preventative measures to keep them as safe as possible.

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Tips For Maintaining Healthy Relationships (Literally)

 Maintaining Healthy Relationships is possible to do via activities such as running

You’ve met the girl or guy of your dreams, you’ve hit it off and you want it all to be perfect. You want to do what you can to make it last – a healthy relationship is a good relationship, and the stronger and healthier you can make it upfront, the better you have of sticking together. Plus, you want to stay healthy, literally, in your life to enjoy it.

Here are a few tips to help you and your partner find that health relationship and stick with it. Also, the plus about going the healthy track with someone you’re interested in, you can support each other!

Be Safe in the Bed

It’s a new relationship- passionate, exciting and you really can’t keep your hands off of each other. But remember other hands may have touched, too. Be healthy with this new relationship, and keep your sex life safe. Part of this entails telling each other about any health issues regarding sexually transmitted diseases. You don’t have to reveal all of your past partners or past history, but be honest, especially in regards to any STD’s or past risky behavior. Be safe in your actions, too. Use condoms. For variety, take a look online. Yes, you can buy condoms online, and thought your new relationship may not need spicing up; you can still check it out.

Exercise Together

Maybe you are an avid exerciser – you love to get up early and bike on a Saturday morning or hit the gym every night after work. Or maybe not. Maybe your new girlfriend or boyfriend loves to exercise – or hates it. Either way, getting into an exercise program is so much easier with someone, and it can do wonders for your health. The fun thing about getting involved with exercise with your significant other – you can try new stuff. Maybe she’s into yoga, but you’re into rock climbing. Give each other’s thing a try. You never know – you may be one the grabbing your yoga mat and heading into crow pose before you know it. You can also do fun dates together that incorporate exercise. Go for a fun hike or take the dog for a walk, run a 5K together or do some hot yoga. The more fit you are, the more it opens up the things you can do together.

Eat Healthy

Just like exercise is something fun to do together, so is healthy eating. From shopping to cooking, a healthy meal can be an amazing date. You can take it a step further, and hit the farmer’s market early in the day, bring your yummy finds home and prepare a romantic meal together later. It’s a fun, healthy way to spend the day. You can also go on dates to new, healthier restaurants instead of your usual pizza place. Again, things like this can be much more fun with someone you enjoy being with. Exploring new foods in fun ways is a great date as you are getting to know your new partner better.

Encourage Each Other

Even if you’re not eating every meal or spending every free moment together, you can encourage each other to be the best each of you can be. In the excitement of a new romance, everything seems new and fresh. It’s a great time to gear into good health. Think about how much better you feel eating healthy, or how much more energy you have getting more exercise. Maybe one of you is already there in a good healthy place; bring the other one with you. It’s easy to slip into each other’s habits – choose the good ones. You can also encourage each other to make other healthy choices – stop smoking or drinking too much, get that check up from the doctor, let go of stress.

A new relationship is amazing – and maybe this is the one. If it is, you want to start with honesty and good choices – from sex and past behaviors to current habits and healthy choices. Enjoy each other, and encourage each other to be healthy and be around for each other for a long time. Leave your old baggage behind, from your bad eating habits to old, unhealthy relationships and enjoy this new one!

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How to Improve Your Memory with Smart Drugs

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Everyone has the experience of having a lapse in memory know and then. When it happens occasionally it really is not much to worry about, but if you find memory lapses happening to you frequently and you are having trouble focusing each day, you may want to take some steps to help yourself. Having a better memory is going to make you more effective at your job, with your schoolwork and in your personal life. Today there are a number of supplements you can look to that can provide with the help you are looking for. You can see just how to improve memory with smart drugs and use pills to improve memory like never before.
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Improving Cognitive Function

For many years now there have been all kinds of studies conducted about looking for smart drugs that can help improve your mental and cognitive function each day. While it may seem like something right out of science fiction books and movies, the fact is that there really are some nutrients that have been discovered that are shown to improve your ability to think rationally, focus better and improve your memory. What is even better is that these discoveries have shown that there are a number of natural substances that can help you. These nutrients, proteins and acids can be found naturally in many of the foods that you may eat, but often the quantities are quite small or they are contained in foods people may not eat often enough to get the right benefits from. That is why taking pills to help you can be the best answer.

Natural Supplements for Help

There are all kinds of natural supplements that are sold today in health stores and online that you can find that can provide you with the cognitive help you want. Products that make use of nootropics like Doxiderol and RuckPack are elements that occur naturally in a number of plants and herbs and are now being used in different supplements that can boost your brain power. When you try these products and use them according to the manufacturer’s directions you will find that your memory is able to improve, you have greater recall, better focus on the tasks you are working on and have better motivation to get things done. When you are able to do all of these things you will feel better and smarter more of the time.

Now that you know there are products out there that can help you with memory and cognition, it is your job to find the one that can work the best for you. You can find memory pills that make you smarter and help you focus better when you look at the reviews provided at Smart Pill Guide. You will find listings for the top products on the market today and all of the information that you need to help you make the most informed decision and get the memory pills that can help put you on the path to success.

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The ‘tummy tuck’: why an abdominoplasty could change your life

In today’s health-conscious world, more people are taking charge of their diet and exercise regime. People want to lose the extra baggage, get fit and change the way they feel about themselves by adopting a more positive mind-set.

For those people who lose a lot of weight though, this can lead to the problem of large amounts of saggy, excess skin. It can be very painful, upsetting and give people who have worked so hard for the body of their dreams low self-esteem.

There is a procedure that can help though: the abdominoplasty.

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What is an abdominoplasty?

An abdominoplasty, or ‘tummy tuck’, is an operation that rejuvenate the skin around the stomach and abdomen. It removes excess skin and fat, contours the body and gives back confidence to the patient.

There are certain requirements you must meet to be eligible for the surgery, as it’s mainly performed on those of a normal, stable body weight who have developed excess skin or fat. For example, it could be through pregnancy, weight loss, aging, genetic or due to prior surgery.

This is certainly not a surgery to be taken lightly, though. There is a misconception within the industry that these will be given to people who just want to improve their contour after being encouraged by friends and family, or for those with unrealistic body expectations, which is not the case. You can also not apply if you smoke or have a significant medical history.

A lot of people contemplating an abdominoplasty often think that it will be very expensive, but truthfully the financial implication will be entirely dependent on your case. The cost usually includes the price of the surgeon, hospital care and the anaesthetic fee, although some clinics have specific packages.

How do I know the right surgeon to go for?

This is a tough field with a lot of competition, as plastic surgery has become one of the most sought after services in the medical industry. Plus, given how serious the surgery is, many people delay it out of fear of something going wrong or of picking a fraudster.

For these reasons, it can be difficult to know who to trust, and you need to know that whoever you pick will perform your surgery to the highest standard. The best thing to do is to base your decision on research into the field. Always make sure that you ask for references of previous patients and before/after photos to see the quality of their work.

The great thing about searching online is that practitioners will often post case studies online, so that potential patients can see how transparent they are. For example, people in search of an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck surgery) in Manchester would come across Gary Ross and find tonnes of case studies already on his website. This is a great place to start, and will help to build that initial trust with you even before your first consultation.

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Laser Liposuction Surgery for overcoming Body Fat

Laser Liposuction Surgery is one of the top methods of reducing body fat fast ... photo by CC user BestInPlastics on Flickr

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Liposuction has become a common surgical procedure, especially for those who carry extra body fat and failed in diet. As the technology is getting upgraded, the procedure has become easier and faster. One such is the laser liposuction technique where lasers are used to break up fat before its removal from the body.

There are two types of laser liposuction- Internal and External.

External Liposuction is done by using laser pen or pad outside the patient’s body before the surgery.

Internal laser liposuction is done by using laser attached into suction device which is inserted into are to be treated.

Areas where laser liposuction is performed:

  • Abdomen

  • Thighs

  • Knees

  • Arms

  • Face

  • Neck

Does it really work on the affected area?

Compared to traditional way of lipo surgery, the laser technique does work wonders. Though there will be certain alteration in the initial stage. Moreover, you must know that after the surgery, there will be change in shape of the body. In addition to this, the laser technique doesn’t reduce the stretch marks formed on the fatty area. However, having a consultation from reputed surgeon of Sono Bello will certainly help you to get the best return.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Laser Lipo:

Advantages of Laser Lipo Surgery:

  • No need to wait for long hours, it is available instantly

  • Possible reduction of stretch marks

  • Quick recovery from fatty area

Disadvantages of Laser Lipo:

  • Quite Expensive compared to traditional surgery

  • Risk of internal injury or burning of cells

  • Change in body shape

  • Fluid Imbalance

  • Cell Infection

Different Types of Laser Liposuction:

Surgeon may suggest any of the below mentioned laser liposuction depending on the condition of the patient:

Vaser Lipo: This includes the use of ultrasonic technology rather than using laser technique on the fatty area.

Smart Liposuction: This technique helps in removing smaller amounts of fats. Here, lasers are used internally to complete the process faster.

Ultrasonic Lipo: This technique used by concentrated sound waves to break down the fat concentration.

Things to consider before laser liposuction surgery:

  • You must be 18+ years of age and should carry no health problem

  • Fat concentration should in specific body area

  • You must undergo certain diet and exercise regime

The cost of laser liposuction:

The cost of this laser liposuction procedure depends on the type of surgery you’re undergoing. A reputed surgeon will charge affordable fee for the surgery process. The price of the laser liposuction surgery also depends on the amount of fat your body has and the time and type needed to eliminate the same. Price also depends on the reputation of the clinic and the surgeon who will be treating you.

Conclusion:

Undergoing laser liposuction surgery should be given due importance only if the condition is worsening and all other alternatives are failed.

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Your Teeth Are Your Biggest Reason to Smile

There are many reasons in life to smile, one of which would be your teeth.

That said not everyone has the best experiences when it comes to their teeth.

Through genetics, not taking care of their teeth, or quite frankly bad luck over the years (accidents, breaks etc.), many people discover it to be an uphill battle to have nice, healthy teeth.

As a result, they end up without the nicest of teeth, not to mention some rather lengthy financial bills when all is said and done.

So, how can you give your teeth the best chance at staying with you for many decades to come?

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Dentist is Your Best Friend

First and foremost, family dental care should be a priority from a young age on up.

With the right care, individuals can enjoy their teeth for many years to come, along with keeping their dental bills to a minimum.

If you’re not sure what you have been doing wrong in trying to keep your teeth healthy, keep these items on your to-do list:

  • See a dentist regularly – While many people grew up with the routine of visiting the dentist every six months, others are lucky if they get there once a year (if that). In order to give your teeth a fighting chance, make sure to schedule regular dental visits (especially if you have children). Given that many insurance plans cover regular dental cleanings (sometimes prescribed X-rays too), there really is no reason to not see your dentist at least once a year. Your dentist can catch issues that you as the patient may not notice. From gingivitis to early forming cavities, your dentist can be your teeth’s best friend;
  • Brush regularly – You’ve probably had this ingrained in your head since childhood, but brushing regularly truly does give your teeth the opportunity to last you many years. Along with flossing regularly, brushing is important for a number of reasons, notably because it holds you over in between dental visits. If you do notice any discomfort and/or bleeding, it may not necessarily be a problem. Some people’s gums bleed due to sensitivity, while some of that bleeding can be due to the fact you are actually getting in to areas that need attention. If you are having regular bleeding, notice foul breath, and see that your gum lines are receding and/or spacing between your teeth is becoming an issue, seek dental care as soon as possible;
  • Avoid injuries – As tough as your teeth may be, they are susceptible to personal injury just as other parts of your body are. With that being the case, it is important to protect them as much as possible. If you play contact sports (especially children), be sure to wear a mouth-guard. Also be careful when eating foods that could easily break a tooth, things like hard candy, pretzels, nuts and more. If you do break a tooth or worse, seek medical help immediately;
  • Eat the right foods and avoid sugary drinks – If you have to eat sweets, by all means brush as soon as possible afterwards. Foods that are high in sugary content and/or sticky can damage teeth over time. The same applies for sugary drinks (notably sodas). If you must drink soda, sipping it through a straw is better, along with making sure you brush your teeth as soon as possible. Along with being bad for your stomach due to its acidic content, sodas can eat away at teeth’s enamel, not to mention leave stains over time. Lastly, talk to your dentist about drinks that will not be harmful to your teeth. Drinking water is best of all, especially right after consuming a Coke or Pepsi.

Keeping your teeth healthy doesn’t have to be a painful and expensive task in life.

By starting with regular dental visits at an early age, continuing through much of your adulthood, and watching what you eat and drink, your teeth can literally last you the rest of your life.

As for those individuals afraid to go to the dentist, just think of what life would be like with many of your teeth missing over time.

Yep, that’s not something to smile over.

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Don’t Fall Victim to a Sexual Assault

Whether it is in the workplace or at home, sexual assault is a terrifying ordeal that no one wants to go through. That said it happens all too often to so many people.

One venue that should seem safe is college.

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Unfortunately, some schools get bad grades when it comes to educating the public and preventing sexual assaults on campus.

For many victims (oftentimes women), recovering from a sexual assault can take a long time. In some cases, the recovery time can seem infinite.

With that in mind, what are some of the warning signs of sexual assault on campus and what can be done to prevent it?

Be Pro-active in Preventing Attacks

First and foremost, those sexually assaulted on college campuses should never feel like they brought the crime on themselves.

Yes, some activities on campus (especially excessive drinking) can put students in harm’s way, but that still does not legitimize someone being sexually assaulted. Whether it was one drink too many or the manner in which someone is acting and/or dressed, the bottom line is that sexual assault is never justified.

That having been said, here are some ways to be pro-active in lessening the chances of becoming a sexual assault victim, along with how to deal with the crime if you’re a victim:

  • Environment – Always be sure to put yourself in as safe an environment as possible. Sexual assault criminals look for individuals that they feel are “soft” targets. If you’re out partying, always use the buddy system, especially on the way home. That means not leaving a bar or other venue by yourself if you’ve had too much to drink (oftentimes, individuals feel like they’re capable of getting from one location to another after a few drinks). If you or your friends call a cab or other form of transportation for you, ride with a friend. Placing someone that has had too much partying in a cab etc. by themselves is not a 100 percent guarantee they will arrive home safely;
  • Aggression – If you’re at a venue on or off campus, be on the lookout for individuals that are too aggressive towards you or your friends. Aggression can be either verbal or physical, including unwanted advances, lude comments, asking for lots of personal information etc. If someone is being too aggressive towards you, let them know immediately that you want them to stop. In the event they continue such acts, report them to friends or security;
  • Assault – In a case where you feel you’ve been sexually assaulted (sometimes it is not immediately apparent if the victim is not aware of what is taking place or happened), seek help as soon as possible. Not only should you report the matter to authorities, but also look to get a sexual assault defense attorney on your side. Those that perpetrate sexual assault crimes oftentimes figure and/or hope the victim will not file charges. This can be due to a number of reasons, including not remembering all that happened, fear of retribution, embarrassment etc. Never feel like you did anything to warrant the crime against you;
  • Educate – In the event you have been sexually assaulted, use your experience to educate others. While you may feel it was your fault or you are scared of speaking out, know that you could help prevent the next attack. Oftentimes, such crimes go unreported, leaving the criminal or criminals to act out on others, this being a casual encounter or someone you have known for some time now.. If your experience can prevent one other person from going through a similar ordeal, educating others on the signs to look for of a possible attack are well worth it. Lastly, seek the support of others that have been victims. Joining sexual assault groups, talking with those that have had similar experiences, can be mentally rewarding, reminding you that there are others out there having gone through sexual assaults.

While it would be nice to live in a world where sexual assaults are not reality, the bottom line is they happen far too often.

Preventing yourself from becoming the next sexual assault victim is something you should not have to worry about, though the possibility is always there.

Don’t fall victim and become the next statistic.

 

 

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