Introduction - Quick Facts
You are not alone.
You are not at fault.
1 in 6 women and 1 in 33 men will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime.
College age women are 4 times more likely to be sexually assaulted.
Approximately 73% of rape victims know their assailants.
*Statistics according to RAINN.org
Tips For Risk Reduction*
- Be aware that in most college incidents, rape is perpetrated by someone you know; set limits in advance and discuss them openly.
- Look out for your friends. Share class and social schedules. Be sure your friends know how to reach your family and your family has their contact info.
- Stay in a group. Don’t be alone with someone you don’t know or trust. Go out in groups and watch out for your friends!
- Don’t leave your drinks unattended – leaving it possible for drugs to be put in drinks.
- Know where emergency phones are, what parts of campus are well-lit, and where people hang out. Use shuttle or escort service. To call for escort, dial Public Safety at x5262.
- If drinking might have impaired your judgment – or your partner’s judgment – say no for now; you can always reconsider tomorrow.
- Communicate your limits firmly and directly. If you say no, say it like you mean it. Be loud and clear, and be firm – in body language as well as words.
- Trust your instincts. Don’t feel obligated to do anything you don’t want to. “I don’t want to” is always a good enough reason.
(*Information taken from “Get Carded”, created by Prudential Financial and RAINN.org.)
Tips For Men To Help Stop Rape
It is important to recognize that anyone can be the victim of a sexual assault. The vast majority of reported rapes occur between a male perpetrator and a female victim. For this reason, we offer the following guidance for men.
- Be a friend, not a bystander. Get involved if you see someone as risk. You might save a friend from becoming a victim of sexual assault – or from committing one.**
- Know your sexual limits. Communicate them clearly. Listen to your partner. If the situation is unclear, do not proceed - ask.**
- There are many ways to communicate a refusal – both verbally and non-verbally. Pay attention to words and body language.**
- Alcohol and drugs are not an excuse for your behavior. You are responsible for your actions, no matter what you have ingested.
- Consent is freely and clearly given. If the other person is hesitant or unwilling to have sex, then you do not have consent. Persuasion, intimidation, coercion and/or force may not be used to gain consent.
- Do not take advantage of someone if they have been drinking – they may not be able to give clear consent.
(**Information taken from “Get Carded”, created by Prudential Financial and RAINN.org.)