Risk Reduction

Sexual violence is never the victim's fault; however, taking these precautions could potentially reduce your risk of being assaulted.

  • Trust your instinct. If you don't feel comfortable in a situation, leave.
  • Stay in charge of your own life. If possible, don't put yourself in situations where you have to rely on others financially or for housing or are made to feel you "owe" someone.
  • Be cautious inviting someone into your home or going to someone else's home.
  • Do not mix sexual decisions with drugs and alcohol.
  • When going out with someone new, go out with a group or meet in a public place.
  • Be aware of drugs used to facilitate rape. Don't accept beverages from open containers and don't leave your drink unattended.
  • Do not be pressured by lines such as, "If you loved me." If your partner loved you, he/she would respect your feelings.
  • Avoid individuals who:
    • don't respect you
    • ignore personal boundaries
    • make you feel guilty or accuse you of being "uptight" for resisting sexual advances
    • express sexist attitudes and jokes
    • are jealous or possessive
  • Communicate. Think about what you really want before you get into a sexual situation. Clearly and assertively communicate your feelings to your partner or date.

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