Personal and Sexual Violence Prevention

It is the unfortunate reality that sexual assaults occur.  They are common enough that it can happen to you.  It would be wise to take precautions against this happening, to protect yourself and others.  While none of these suggestions are fool-proof, they can help.  However, if your or others safety plans fail, this does not make you at fault in a personal or sexual violence as the victim.

 Tips For Partying Smart

    1. Stick with your friends
    2. Make a plan before you go out. Set up checkpoints or code words to make it easy for you and your friends to stay connected.
    3. Hold on to your drink at all times—even when you go to the bathroom.
    4. If your drink is out of your sight, even for a few seconds, get a new one. Spiking a drink with a date rape drug can happen quickly.
    5. Don't accept a drink from anyone—unless you can watch the bartender pour it.
    6. Don't share drinks.
    7. Don't drink from punch bowls or open containers
    8. Don't drink anything that tastes funny, strange, or off.
    9. Always keep your cell phone charged and with you.
    10. Make sure you always have a ride home, or plan to walk home with a roommate.
    11. Trust your instincts.  If you have a bad feeling about something, leave and get to safety immediately.

Signs of an Abusive Relationship

Abusive relationships can manifest in different ways. If you've seen or experienced any of the signs listed in the next steps, it is highly likely that you are in an abusive relationship, or one that will soon escalate into an abusive stage. It is as important to notice these things in a friend's relationship as in your own. Friends stepping in to help prevent an abusive relationship can sometimes be the only way the abused person can see the reality, and begin to find ways out.

Resources for Men

While individuals of both genders are perpetrators of sexual assault, the majority of those who commit sexual assaults are men. Even so, it is important to remember that the vast majority of men are not rapists.

There are many things men (and women) can do to help prevent sexual violence.

If you see someone in danger of being assaulted:

Be an ally:

If someone you know has been assaulted:

Changing the culture:
There are certain things in our culture that make sexual assault more possible. By speaking out and educating ourselves and others, we can help to decrease the number of sexual assaults.

Taken from http://www.rainn.org/get-information/sexual-assault-prevention/men-can-help


 

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