How to Avoid Acquaintance Rape
Most people are better prepared to avoid an attack by a stranger than by an acquaintance. In
reality, you are much more likely to be raped by someone you know.
As a MAN you can:
- Avoid alcohol and other drugs as they cloud your judgment and understanding of what
another person wants.
- Understand that if a woman has had a drink she cannot give consent.
- Understand that forcing a woman to have sex against her will is rape, which is a violent
crime that has serious consequences.
- Accept a woman's decision when she says "NO."
- Speak up and/or get help if you see another man victimizing a woman.
- Seek counseling or help if you feel violent or aggressive toward women.
- Think about how stereotypes affect your attitudes and actions regarding sexual relations
and alcohol consumption.
As a WOMAN you can:
Avoid drinking or drugs as they decrease your ability to take care of yourself and
make sensible decisions.
Trust you gut feelings. If someone or a situation makes you feel uncomfortable - leave.
Always leave social events with friends, not with someone you just met or do not know
Do not assume someone else knows what you are thinking or shares your values.
Do not accept a drink if you are not sure of the contents.
- Do not leave drinks unattended. Doing so provides an opportunity for someone to drug
you without your knowledge.
- Communicate assertively and clearly. Be clear with yourself and the other person
about your expectations in your relationship.
- Everyone deserves respect! Expect respect and avoid those who do not show it.
- Know your own limits and communicate them clearly.
- Do not allow a person to touch you if it makes you feel uncomfortable.
- Avoid situations or locations that keep you isolated from others.
- Stay away from men who are overly critical or belittling of women.