10 Tips To Help You Protect Yourself
REMEMBER: Only the person that commits sexual assault can stop it, but you can help keep yourself safe. No one has the right to touch you or to do anything of a sexual nature that makes you feel uncomfortable!
- Talk and listen. Communication is an essential part of respecting yourself and your partner. Understand that no means no. Know silence does not equal consent. Don’t make assumptions about what you think someone wants. Ask!
- Trust your intuition. Listen to that voice inside of you and act on it.
- Know what you want from a relationship. Set limits and express them assertively. Don’t expect the other person to be a mind reader. Don’t feel pressured by sexual expectations or demands. Don’t pressure your friends or partners with your own sexual expectations.
- Let someone know where you are going on a date and when you will be back. Be in control of your own transportation.
- Know that people are most likely to be assaulted by someone they know.
- Know there is a greater risk of sexual assault when drugs and/or alcohol are involved. Encourage your friends to act with kindness and responsibility. Know where your friends are when you’re at parties. Look out for each other.
- Know that there are legal consequences for sexual assault.
- Learn self-defense and personal safety techniques.
- Never leave a drink unattended. If you do, don’t drink it. Throw it away!
- Awareness is vital. Look around. Always take note of your surroundings and the people around you.
5 Tips for Effective Communication for Teens
- Center your thoughts.
- Listen carefully.
- Be clear.
- Get the whole story.
- Give feedback on what you’ve heard.