March 1, 2004 -- Posted at 4:24 p.m. CST
JONESBORO -- The United States has one of the highest rape rates world wide, with one out of three women being sexually assaulted in her lifetime.
If a robber or a rapist enters your home they are often headed to the bedroom looking for valuables or even you. By having a plan you can keep yourself safe...the first thing to do, get out of your bed and find a hiding spot.
Also, avoid using drugs or alcohol that could lower your inhibitions, and be sure to keep a cordless phone by your bed...it may come in handy. Cell phones are good for mobility, but dialing 911 from a wireless phone may not connect you with local help. Also, dispatchers are not able to locate you from a cell phone.
"I have the 911 number programmed onto my cell phone where I can just simply press a button, and alert 911. And, I've met a lot of people who live around me, so I feel like if anything were to happen and I was to scream, or if something was to go wrong that I could alert someone around me," said Steele.