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Reducing Your Risk of Sexual Assault

Sexual assault is a serious problem that affects both men and women. It is important to remember that no one is ever at fault for being a victim of sexual violence. The perpetrator is always responsible for violent behavior. Although personal safety can never by guaranteed, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk of being the victim of sexual assaults.

Things you can do:

  • Be aware of your surroundings and think of where you can go or get help if you need it. Higher risk areas include: isolation, by location or darkness or both; limited escape routes; limited or no means to summons help.
  • Be assertive about communicating what you want from another person. Ask the person you are with to do the same.
  • Trust your instincts. If a situation feels uncomfortable to you, there is probably a good reason.
  • Set your sexual limits ahead of time and when you are sober. Know what your limits are for both alcohol and sex before going to a bar or party.
  • Be aware of the effects of alcohol on your body. Alcohol interrupts the ability to make sound decisions and impairs your ability to communicate clearly.
    Remember—drunk sex jeopardizes your ability to get and give consent.
    Watch your drink--do not leave it unattended, especially at a bar or party.
  • Stay with friends and watch out for each other. Never leave with someone you just met, and don’t let friends leave with someone they just met.
  • Provide your own transportation. When on a date with someone new, make sure that you are responsible for your own transportation. It is safer to meet up with someone than to rely on an unfamiliar person for a ride.

Don't hesitate to call 911 if you think you are in danger.


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