How to Avoid Sexual Assault

Sexual assault/rape is sadly a common problem across campuses nationwide, yet it has not been properly addressed due to sensibility and controversy of the topic. The large majority of both students and faculty find it extremely uncomfortable to discuss this matter openly and try to keep sexual harassment and rape cases away from the view of the public. The top universities of the nation have tried to hide the rape culture that occurs in their campuses, which makes uninformed freshmen prime targets. It is extremely important to inform students of this epidemic and prepare them with the correct information on how to avoid and how to report any cases of forced/involuntary sexual acts in which they may have been involved. The reality is we need to raise awareness in order for both young men and women on how to avoid dangerous situations. We will show you steps on how you could avoid sexual assault or rape.

Steps to take on how to avoid: 0b91a0cff8ad036f3cc8f3a6fde0a7a9

  • Stay with large groups of friends
  • Don’t take drinks or anything from strangers
  • Always let someone know where you are
  • Never be alone if you do go out

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  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • Avoid isolated areas
  • Walk with purpose
  • Trust your instincts
  • Make sure your cellphone is with you at all times

Safety Planning

  • Lean on a support network
  • Become familiar with safe places
  • Stay safe at home
  • Keep computer safety in mind
  • Create a code word
  • Prepare an excuse

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  • Go with a group of friends
  • Trust your instincts
  • Don’t leave your drink unattended
  • Don’t accept drinks from strangers
  • Watch out for your friends and vice versa
  • If you suspect you or a friend has been drugged contact law enforcement ASAP

If Someone Is Pressuring you

  • Remember that being in this situation is not your fault
  • Be true to yourself
  • Have a code word with friends or family members
  • Keep an escape route in mind
  • Prepare a lie
  • Prepare an excuse

Protecting Your Friends

  • Distract
  • Step in
  • Enlist others
  • Keep an eye out

Helpful Links:

  • This website is an extremely helpful and informative place to find information about sexual assault and rape including: risks, reporting, prevention, statistics, and much more. It is national sexual assault hotline and the nation’s largest anti-sexual assault organization. Use this website for questions you may still have.

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