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.
Tips to Prevent Personal or Sexual Violence
- 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.
- 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 others who are overly critical or belittling of others.
- Understand that forcing a person to have sex against his/her will is rape, which is
a violent crime that has serious consequences.
- Accept a person's decision when he/she says "NO."
- Avoid alcohol and other drugs as they cloud your judgment and understanding of what
another person wants.
- Understand that if a person has had a drink and you have sex with that person against
his/her will, it is rape.
- Speak up and/or get help if you see someone being victimized.
- Seek counseling or help if you feel violent or aggressive toward women.
- Think about how sexual stereotypes affect your attitudes and actions toward others.