I’m seeing a lot of scared men right now. My heart aches for you. I get it: You’re just trying to go about your day when in a mere instant, your whole life could be turned upside down. It’s a scary world—you could lose everything, just because you were at the wrong place at the wrong time.
With that in mind, I present my Top 10 Tips for Staying Safe from false rape accusations:
1. If you go to a party, either have only one drink, or only drink soda or water, so you can keep your wits about you. Never get tipsy around people you don’t know and trust fully—it could come back to haunt you later. Even around people you fully trust, remember that most false rape allegations come from people you know. Be vigilant!
2. Use the buddy system, so you always have a witness! Only go to the bathroom with a friend, or ideally with a group of friends. Always have a friend walk you to your car, in case you run into a strange woman in the parking garage. Never go camping or hiking or biking or running or even just walking alone. NEVER go to a bar or concert or party or event alone; that is just asking for it.
3. If you’re going out anywhere, make sure you text the specifics of your plans to at least one or two trusted friends, in case they need to verify your whereabouts to police later. You may also consider using a location sharing app so you have proof of where you were and when.
4. If you’re going to exercise, make sure that you bring a friend, or even better, just exercise at home. Never go through a park alone. There might be a woman there who could accuse you.
5. When you’re heading to class or work, never listen to music or podcasts on headphones. You need to listen carefully to your surroundings to make sure no woman is accusing you of anything.
6. When you’re getting into your car at the end of the day, always check your backseat to make sure there aren’t any women hiding back there. Never take shortcuts through alleys or parking lots that aren’t extremely well lit, in case a woman is hiding there, waiting to accuse you.
7. Only take out the trash, walk the dog, get your mail, go to the ATM, or get gas during daylight hours. Most false rape accusations happen at night, and you don’t want to become a statistic. If you MUST go out alone at night, make sure to get your phone out of your pocket and start recording video. Grasp the phone between your fingers so it’s not obvious, but keep it ready in case a strange woman approaches you.
8. It’s expensive to take Uber or Ola all the time, I know. But never use public transportation after dark. It’s just too risky. Indecent exposure and groping accusations are very common on the subway, and you can easily avoid this by simply taking a cab instead. Protect yourself.
9. Never rent ground-floor apartments, and make sure you lock all your windows at night, even if it’s hot out. You never know if a woman is going to break into your bedroom to accuse you while you are asleep.
10. Last but not least, even if you follow all these tips, you could still be falsely accused. After all, no matter what steps you take to prevent it, it’s simply a fact of life that every year, a low single-digit percentage of rape allegations will turn out to be false, on par with other false allegations of felonies, and that’s just a sad truth we all have to live with. You can take precautions, but that’s all you can do.
Hope this helps.