Please know that there are no perfect protection strategies. There is no way to predict all possible situations. These tips are intended to reduce, not eliminate the risk of assault.
The primary responsibility for any sexual assault rests with the offender, and not the victim. Unfortunately, you can take all reasonable measures to reduce your risk and still be attacked.
Knowledge is power. Though many sex offenders are NOT known to law enforcement, you can educate yourself about those known offenders who live in the community by contacting the Thornton Police Department.
Remember that most sexual assaults are committed by someone the victim knows. The stranger does not pose the highest risk to you. In fact, 78-90 percent of sex offenders know their victims and include relatives, friends, and authority figures. If you feel uncomfortable in someone's presence, trust your instincts and take steps to distance yourself from that person. Don't be afraid to make a scene if necessary. Tell someone!
Avoid high-risk situations. Be observant and aware of your surroundings. Avoid poorly lit areas where an attacker might hide. Identify safe people in your neighborhood that you or your children can go to if you need help. Be thoughtful and use good judgment in choosing your friends and partners. Be careful about using alcohol or drugs; you are more vulnerable to attack if you are intoxicated. Do not leave your food or drink unattended at a party or in a public place. Don't be embarrassed to use security staff, at work or when shopping, to walk you to your car. Do not pick up hitchhikers or stop to help a stranger in a stalled vehicle; use a phone in a safe location to call for help. Be cautious about making personal contact with those you meet on the Internet or in other similar environments.
Do not harass the offender. The purpose behind community notification is to reduce the chances that others will be victimized by this offender. The information should help you and your family in avoiding situations that allow easy victimization. Initiating contact with a sexually violent predator can increase your risk or could drive the offender underground, placing others at greater risk.
The Thornton Police Department participates with other law enforcement agencies to use a Sex Offender Tracking and Registry system known as SOTAR. This single website allows you to search for sex offenders registered with any of the participating agencies. State law defines which sex offenders can be listed on SOTAR. We are prohibited from posting juvenile offender information, along with some adults, including those convicted of one misdemeanor. Those who fail to register may also be listed on the site.
SOTAR - Sex Offender Tracking and Registry System