Risk reduction techniques can increase a person’s safety and their sense of empowerment. None of these guarantee rape prevention – there is no perfect guarantee against rape except for perpetrators to stop raping.
These risk reduction and safety ideas are a choice, not a responsibility.
Sexual assault is never the victim’s fault. We have a right to be in the world without having people hurt us.
- Trust your gut and intuition. If you feel uncomfortable or feel at risk, leave the situation immediately and go to a safe place.
- Try to avoid people who don’t listen to you, ignore personal space boundaries or act jealous and possessive.
- Know your sexual intentions and limits and communicate clearly with your partner. If you are unsure what you want, tell your partner need some time to figure out what you want.
- Communicate your limits firmly and directly. You have the right to say “No” to any unwanted sexual contact. Back up your words with a firm tone of voice and clear body language.
- Don’t be afraid to “make waves” if you feel threatened. If you feel you are being pressured or coerced into sexual activity against your will, don’t hesitate to state your feelings and get out of the situation.
- Attend large parties with friends you can trust. Agree to “look out” for one another. Try to leave with a group, rather than alone or with someone you don’t know very well.
Most importantly, remember that whether someone follows these tips or not, if someone is sexually assaulted, it is not his or her fault. The victim is never to blame.