Everyone has a role in reducing the incidents of sexual violence


Be Responsible for Yourself and Your Friends

  • Go only where you want and with whom you want.

  • Listen to your gut reaction about social situations.  If something inside says “no,” then do not be pressured into going along.  Assert yourself and stick with it.

  • If you drink, stay in control.  Set your limits ahead of time.

  • Watch your drink at all times and never leave it unattended. Do not accept beverages from someone you don’t know and trust.

  • Check in with your friends from time to time.  Make sure everyone is still comfortable at the social function.  Do not leave anyone stranded without a safe ride home.

  • Do not let any of your friends leave with someone they do not know or who is drunk or has been drinking.


Know your campus and surroundings

  • Be alert to your surroundings and the people near you.  Do not let a conversation on your cell phone or the use of headphones make you unaware of your surroundings.

  • When possible run or walk with a friend, especially at night.

  • Walk with confidence and alertness.

  • Take well traveled routes.  At night travel on well lit streets and sidewalks.  Avoid bushes and doorways where an attacker can hide.

  • Become familiar with the locations and use of Blue Phones on campus.

  • If followed, walk quickly to well lit, populated areas.  If you are followed by a car, turn and walk in the opposite direction.


Communication about sexual activity is the key to consent and sexual activity without consent is sexual assault

  • Communicate…

  • Sexual violence often goes hand-in-hand with poor communication.

  • Our discomfort in talking honestly and openly about sex dramatically raises the risk of rape.  If you are too embarrassed to talk about sex, perhaps you are not ready to be participating in sexual behavior.

  • By learning effective sexual communication, men make sex safer for themselves and others.  That involves… 

  • Stating your desires clearly

  • Listening to your partner

  • Asking when the situation is unclear

  •  When someone says “NO” respect the decision not to move forward.

  • For more informaiton about consent click here