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Last modified: Monday, 19-Nov-2012 16:35:50 EST
Sexual Assault and Dating Violence Preventing Sexual Assault
Ways to Protect Yourself
Be careful about when and where you decide to drink
It has been estimated that over 75% of acquaintance rapes involve alcohol and drugs.1
Use a buddy system for mutual support when you attend parties.
Watch your drinks at all times.
If you notice a friend acting differently (e.g., behaving aggressive sexually, oblivious to pain, etc.), get your friend out of the situation. It's possible your friend was given a date rape drug. More on date rape drugs
Be sure your friends know where you are.
Trust your gut.
If you feel uncomfortable, do what you can to leave the situation.
If being polite or nice doesn't work, just leave.
Communicate openly and directly with your partner about sex.
You have the right to say no when you don't want to do something.
If this is difficult for you, someone you trust to help you practice saying no.
Be wary of rescuers.
Don't accept a ride home from a stranger, even if that person seems to be concerned about your safety.