What can be done to minimize the risk of sexual assault?
- Look out for friends. Share your class and social schedule with them, and be sure your family has their contact information.
- Stay in groups. Go to parties together, stay together, and leave together. Don’t be alone with someone you don’t know or trust.
- Don’t leave your drink unattended or accept a drink from someone you don’t know. Protect your drinks from being spiked with a predatory or “date rape” drug.
- Know where emergency phones are located, which campus paths are best lit, and where people hang out. Call Campus Police Services for an escort at night and avoid shortcuts.
- If drinking might have impaired your judgment (or your partner’s), say “No” for now; you can always reconsider tomorrow.
- Know your sexual desires and limits.
- Communicate your limits firmly and directly. If you want to stop, say “Stop,” and say it like you mean it. Be clear and be firm, in body language as well as words.
- If you feel uncomfortable in a situation, trust your feelings and act on them.
- If you are afraid to say “No,” say you have to go to the bathroom. Then leave and call for help. Your safety is most important!