- Alcohol is the number one drug associated with sexual assault. Limit your alcohol consumption.
- Most physical assaults are also fueled by alcohol. It's easy to figure out why.
- Go with a friend and watch out for each other. Help each other in case of an awkward, dangerous, or compromising interaction. Have a code word or action to signal you're in trouble.
- Stay in the main area of the party and avoid going to private rooms or other places. If it’s your party, limit access to areas out of view where guests could have sexual encounters.
- If someone gets angry, the best thing to do is to avoid violence, especially if they've been drinking. Don't try to win the fight. Keep your voice calm and conversational.
- Be clear about what your social and sexual goals are for the evening.
- Educate yourself on the use of date rape drugs, including their appearance and effects. If you identify a drug, contact the police. It’s okay to call the police on a party you're attending if things get out of and.
- Look out for guests who are over-consuming and for others who are "hitting on them."
- Let your friends know that it is not okay for them to take sexual advantage of someone at your party.
- Keep an eye out for people who may be more vulnerable to sexual assault. This includes people attending the party alone or people who appear to be intoxicated.
- When you see someone being forced or manipulated sexually, speak up and get others involved to "rescue" that guest tactfully and without conflict.
- Remember: An unconscious or intoxicated person can't give consent. Without consent, it's sexual assault.
For police or medical emergencies, call 509-963-2959 on-campus (8am – 5 pm) or 911 nights and off-campus
If you or someone else is raped or sexually assaulted, there is help on campus and in the community. Get to a safe place, call 911, and/or have a friend drive you to the hospital as soon as possible. Whether or not you press charges, it is important to get medical attention. When seeking medical attention, do not brush your teeth, take a shower, or change clothes beforehand. For more information, please see http://www.cwu.edu/wellness/general-information