Sexual Assault and Dating Violence
Preventing Sexual Assault
Men and Women Can Prevent Sexual Assault
Think about how you respond to social pressures.
- Decide what your needs and wants are before you are in a sexual situation.
Trust your instincts and your intuition.
- Even if you cannot explain why, you have the right to trust your feelings. If you are feeling uncomfortable, leave the situation. Trust your gut.
Listen carefully to what the other person is saying.
- Never assume that you know what your partner wants. Regardless of how long you have known or dated someone, get permission.
- Talk with your partner about what would be mutually enjoyable. Tell your partner what you do and do not want.
- Stick with your decision. Have your words and your actions communicate the same message.
- Pay attention to how much alcohol you are consuming. Alcohol and other drugs interfere with clear thinking and communication.
Respect yourself and your partner.
Educate yourself and your friends.
- Many people condone myths and misperceptions about sexual assault.
- Object to stereotypes and degrading images wherever you hear or see them.
Set a positive example with your friends.
- Treat people with respect and let others know you expect the same.
Do not accept offensive or aggressive behavior.
- Ask that the behavior stop. Support others who feel the same way.
- In an emergency, contact University Security by picking up a Blue Light Phone or calling 585-275-3333.