While you cannot completely protect yourself from sexual assault, there are some things that you can do to help reduce the risk of being assaulted.
- Listen to your gut. If you feel that something is “off” about your environment or situation, leave.
- Be aware of your surroundings. Knowing where you are and who is around you may help you to find a way out of a bad situation.
- Walk with purpose. Even if you don’t know where you are going, act like you do.
- Carry a cell phone with you and make sure it is charged at all times.
- Keep cash on you at all times in case you need to take a cab.
- Walk with someone you trust.
- Let someone know where you are and who you are with.
Going out at night:
- Go out with people you know and trust.
- Remember that most sexual assault is done by someone you know, so keep this in mind when going out with friends.
- Always watch your drink, and watch the bartender make your drink.
- Many drugs, including alcohol, are used to help someone commit sexual assault. These drugs can render you unconscious and leave you with no memory of the incident. Be aware of your limits and what you are consuming.
- If you suspect that a drug has been used on you, ask to be urine tested for date rape drugs such as GHB, rohypnol, GBL and ketamine.
- When walking to your car, carry your keys in your hand.
- Keep your doors locked when driving.
- Keep your house doors locked at all times.