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Stay Safe Tips


Stay Safe Tips

You can reduce your risk of sexual assault by doing the following:

  • Communicate: Know your sexual intentions and communicate your limits firmly. The sooner you communicate your position on sex, the easier it will be for your partner to hear and accept your decision.
  • Be Open and Clear: Don’t assume that your date can read your mind—and don’t assume you can read your date’s mind, either. Be clear about what you want and what you don’t want. If you are unsure about what your date wants, stop and ask.
  • Trust Your Gut: If you feel uncomfortable, leave. Your safety is more important than someone’s hurt feelings.
  • Know Your Limits: Alcohol is the number one date rape drug—in most sexual assaults, one or both partners have been drinking. Alcohol and other drugs can impair your ability to make sound sexual decisions, and you can’t give consent when intoxicated.
  • Awareness: Date rape drugs can be easily slipped into drinks at bars (and anywhere else for that matter). Always watch your drink being prepared, and never accept a drink from someone unless it comes directly from the wait staff or bartender.
  • Strength in Numbers: Avoid secluded places—stick with a group of friends on a first or blind date.
  • Be Prepared: When going out partying or on a date, always bring a charged cell phone and enough money for a taxi home if you need to leave.
  • Trust Your Instincts: If you feel you might be in danger, trust your instincts and call for help. Be specific. Scream: “This is an attack! Call 911!”