Tips for reducing the risk of sexual violence
- Know your boundaries and express them assertively and clearly.
- Trust your instincts. If you feel uncomfortable, remove yourself from the situation.
- Know your limits when using alcohol and other drugs.
- Prior to going out at night, determine your plan for your return home. let someone know where you're going when you leave.
- Go out in groups and do not leave a group member alone at a party or bar.
- Never leave your drink unattended or drink from an open container or punch bowl.
- Try not to walk alone at night. If you must walk alone, walk in well-lit areas.
- Communicate your sexual desires and limits clearly.
- If you feel uncomfortable about a behavior, someone is crossing your boundaries.
- Verbal cues are the most direct way to let someone know your limits.
- Be assertive and direct. Forget about being nice if you feel threatened. You have the right to protect yourself.
- Say what you are thinking, what you really want.
- Be an active partner in relationships and share decisions about what to do, where to meet and when to be intimate.
- Never take silence as consent. If you feel you are getting double messages, speak up and ask for clarification.
- Accept a person's decision. Respect the word "no."
- Trust your instincts. If you feel uncomfortable or think you may be at risk, leave the situation immediately and go to a safe place.
- Exercise caution when dating. Have first dates in public places. Let someone know where you are going and when you will return. Try to provide your own transportation.
- Avoid anyone who puts you down, talks negatively about women in general, is physically violent or does not respect you or your decisions.
- Do not assume that a person wants to have sex just because they are drinking heavily, dressed in a particular manner, or agrees to go home with you.
- Do not assume that if a person agrees to kissing or other sexual intimacies, that they are also willing to have sexual intercourse.
- Know your limits when using alcohol or other drugs.