Attach your whistle to your keychain, phone or bag, choosing something that you always have with you so you can easily access your whistle if a threatening situation arises. If you are walking to your car late at night with your keys in hand and a whistle attached, you can blow into the whistle to startle an attacker and attract help.
Get your whistle ready if you sense danger. Use it if you think a sudden noise may distract an attacker or attract help. If you are already under attack, use your judgement about whether the whistle will help or hurt your situation. If you see someone in trouble, blow your whistle to distract the perpetrator, giving the victim time to escape.
Call 9-1-1 when someone else is in danger.
Blow in short, sharp bursts: 3 tweets (over and over) for "SOS".
If you don't have your whistle consider yelling "FIRE". That seems to attract attention whereas yelling "help" seems to repel people from coming to your aid.
Whistles Do Work!
Here are some examples of how a safety whistle saved these people from a worse attack.
On a September night at approximately 3:15 a.m. as I was strolling the Collingwood area (having changed from my nun’s habit into just a regular guy’s jeans, tee shirt, and jacket), a white guy age 30ish in glasses and a cap approached me to demand money. I replied, “I am not carrying any money,” but he continued, “This is a stickup!” He held what I perceived to be a knife to my neck as he grabbed me from behind and on my left. My first reaction was to be a victim, but then I suddenly went into autopilot (thanks to The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence’s recent campaign to Stop the Violence) and fished my whistle out of my right pocket and blew like crazy - not really knowing what that might do, but still blowing it away - I mean BLOWING for LIFE – racing towards Diamond Street, only to find several police squad cars arriving on the spot. I thought this was amazing timing! At the whistle’s shrill and continual sound, the attacker had dashed away in the opposite direction.
- Sister Dana Van Iquity
Tonight while walking home I was attacked by someone attempting to mug me. Having noticed him a block earlier I made sure to have my whistle in hand on my keychain. After he grabbed my back and started to punch my head I immediately started screaming and blowing the living hell our of that whistle.
The attacker quickly fled and I was able to make it to a safer intersection and call police to file a report and get an escort home.
I'm safe, just a minor bruise on my neck, a cut on my finger from my own keys, and adrenaline rushing through my veins.
The experience makes me all the more thankful to the efforts of the STV campaign and my fellow Sisters for their tireless efforts on working with the community to stop the violence.
- Sister T'Aint A Virgin
THANK YOU to the Stop the Violence and Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. My safety was preserved by the whistle I had gotten from one of your events. I was at 8th Street and Howard and surprised by three young men. They boxed me in and wanted to, "Just touch up on [me] a little bit," and grabbed my hips and jacket. I couldn't get away and then remembered - luckily I had my whistle on my keys which were in my hand. I screamed, "FUCK OFF!" and then blew the whistle right in the ear of the man grabbing me. They all ran faster than lightening. PLEASE BE SAFE OUT THERE FAMILY!
- Miss Beth Bicoastal
Victim or witness to a crime: Be observant, call 9-1-1
- Report all crimes so the police can identify trouble areas.
- Get Descriptions of suspects such as height, weight, race, hair, clothing, shoes or makings such as scars or tattoos.
- Watch escape to remember direction, vehicle and license number.
- Write down details including street address and time of day. Look for witnesses. Record all details as soon as possible. If you still have your mobile phone consider leaving yourself a voice mail or memo.