Suggestions for Reducing Your Risk of Being Victimized
- Trust your instincts. If a situation feels uncomfortable for you, there is probably a good reason.
- Clearly communicate what you want or do not want from another person. Follow through on what you say. Ask the person you are with to do the same.
- Know what your limits are for both alcohol and sexual behavior(s).
- Be aware of the effects of alcohol, drugs and/or medications on your body. These substances can interrupt the ability to make sound decisions and impair your ability to communicate clearly.
Use the buddy system. Make a pact with your friends to watch out for each other. Make sure that your friends know where you are and who you’re with.
- Do not leave your drink unattended in social settings.
When on a date with someone new, make sure that you are responsible for your own transportation. It is safer to meet up with someone than to rely on an unfamiliar person for a ride.
- Remember: Drunken sex jeopardizes your ability to get and give consent.
Try to avoid situations in which you may be vulnerable, including ambiguous statements such as, "We can just cuddle."
- When dating someone, watch out for controlling behaviors by your companion, such as:
- making all the decisions;
- telling you how to dress or with whom to associate;
- pressuring you to have sex once you have said no
- forcing or coercing you to consume alcohol or other drugs.