Running Head: PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT<br />Public Service Announcement<br />Carla J. McCoy<br />Unit 2 Discussion Board – Criminology<br />February 16th, 2009<br />American InterContinental University<br />Voices in Charge<br />A Public Announcement from the Campus Security Coordinator<br />Gateway Campus is holding a campus meeting in the college Gymnasium On the high frequency of Sexual Assault that’s increasing at an alarming rate in and around the campus on February 22nd at 7:00 p.m. Every Student and surrounding Local Citizen is encouraged to participate in this meeting. There are two out of eight bright remarkable women who are willing to lend their voices in charge toward this public Announcement and share their stories at the televised meeting in hopes that it doesn’t happen to other women on or around the campus grounds. There have already been many Victims that are local students. (McCoy, C., 2009)<br />These assaults have taken place anywhere between the hours of 12:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. in the vicinity of Gateway Campus. (AIU Online, 2009) For every person that attends this meeting Gateway Campus will donate $1 dollar per person that enters our Gymnasium doors which will go towards the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) to ensure that rapists are brought to justice and to help victims in every way possible. Everyone will be provided with Crime Trend Data which will raise awareness on Sexual Assault statistics among State and National level crime trend estimates. We hope to see you there. (RAINN, 2008)<br />Here is a precise list of various ways students and local citizens can decrease their chances in becoming a victim. <br />Proactive Measures of Rape At Home<br /><ul><li>Change exterior door locks, and add a deadbolt. Never rely on chain guards.
Get to know your neighbors because they could assist you in an emergency situation.
If you return home from being out, and see signs of forced entry, do not go in. Go to a neighbor’s house and call police. (College of Lake County Police Department, 2008)</li></ul>Proactive Measures of Rape when Walking<br /><ul><li>Be very observant of your surroundings at all times.
Walk in well lighted areas and avoid walking close to alleys.
If you suspect you are being followed, walk into a store, or knock on a house door. Do what you must to get a witness. (College of Lake County Police Department, 2008)</li></ul>Proactive Measures of Rape When Driving<br /><ul><li>Always have your key in your hand when approaching your parked vehicle.
Before opening the vehicle door look into the vehicle in both the front and back seats.
Lock the doors once you are inside your vehicle and drive with the windows up.
Never pick up hitchhikers or stranded motorists.
If your car breaks down, put the hood up and turn the flashers on. Return to your vehicle and wait for help.
If you suspect you are being followed, drive to the police or fire station and honk to attract attention. (College of Lake County Police Department, 2008)</li></ul>Various Reasons Sexual Assault is not Reported<br /><ul><li>There are various reasons that sexual assault is not reported. Victims face Psychological harm when they are sexually assaulted. Some of the issues a victim will face is shock, humiliation, depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, loss of self-esteem, substance abuse, social isolation, distrust of others, social isolation, guilt, fear of AIDS, sexual dysfunction, and anger. Here is a short list of why sexual assault is not reported. (Sampson, R., 2002)
Remember that if you are assaulted that you have no reason to be ashamed, and it is not your fault. Some good resources that are provided locally and nationally will help aid abuse victims in getting the proper help they need. There are Domestic Violence Shelters, Online websites, and in the State of Texas, sexual assault will get your picture posted on the Texas Sexual Offenders List Online along with a description of the crime committed, and imprisonment not falling far behind it. There are plenty of counseling services that victims can get tremendous support from as well. (McCoy, C., 2009) There is also research being conducted by the National Institute of Justice in order to evaluate, research, demonstrate programs, and create a development of technology with both national and international information dissemination. Some special projects and research help improve and strengthen the criminal justice system which reduces and prevents crime. They are developing new technologies to fight crime and improve criminal justice, as well as carrying out research on criminal behavior. They are exploring issues in community policing, violence against women and within the family, sentencing reforms, and specialized courts as well. (Fisher, B., Cullen, F., & Turner, M., 2009) With all these resources available to victims of sexual assault there is still much more help that can be obtained, such as hotlines, volunteer help, and shelters. (McCoy, C., 2009)