Protect Yourself

Sexual assault is never the victim’s fault. No matter what you are drinking, what you wear or where you go, you do not deserve to be assaulted. Only the perpetrators of sexual violence can truly choose to stop these crimes. However, you may be able to reduce your risk of being victimized by exercising some of the following suggestions:

  • Use a buddy system for mutual support when you attend parties.
  • Watch your drinks at all times.
  • Be careful about when and where you decide to drink.
  • It has been estimated that over 75% of acquaintance rapes involve alcohol and drugs.*
  • If you notice a friend acting differently (e.g., behaving aggressive sexually, oblivious to pain, etc.), get your friend out of the situation. It's possible your friend was given a date rape drug.
  • Be sure your friends know where you are.
  • Trust your gut.
  • If you feel uncomfortable, do what you can to leave the situation.
  • If being polite or nice doesn't work, just leave.
  • Communicate openly and directly with your partner about sex.
  • You have the right to say no when you don't want to do something.
  • If this is difficult for you, have someone you trust to help you practice saying no.
  • Don't accept a ride home from a stranger, even if that person seems to be concerned about your safety.
* U.S. Department of Justice, 2005 National Crime Victimization Study