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What to do if you’re being followed

Girl's face in a rearview mirror.

If you’re driving and you think you’re being followed, do not go home. Instead, you should:

  • Keep driving until you reach a gas station, open business, or other well-lit area where you can get help.

OR

  • Use your cell phone to call the police.

Although it doesn’t happen a lot, there have been times when a woman driving alone has been pulled over and raped by a man pretending to be a police officer. If you’re signaled to pull over in a dark or deserted area, keep driving until you come to a well-lit, populated area. Let the police officer know you’re planning to pull over by turning on your flashers (also called hazards) and driving at a slower speed. In some areas you may be charged for failing to heed a police officer’s demands, but it’s better than risking your safety.

 

Content last reviewed September 22, 2009
Page last updated October 31, 2013

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women's Health.

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