Reduce The Risk Of Sexual Assault

Victims are never responsible for the assaults perpetrated against them, but some common sense precautions may help make you less vulnerable.

  • Communicate your limits firmly and directly.
  • Act in a way that shows you value yourself.
  • Be aware of what is happening around you.
  • Don't become drunk or drugged.
  • Don't accept drinks from people you don't know or don't trust.
  • Don't leave your drink unattended.
  • Use a buddy system to watch out for each other.
  • Intervene if someone is at risk.
  • Condemn the behavior of someone who takes advantage of a sexual partner - don't condone it.
  • Don't excuse what people do when they are drunk or high. If it's wrong when they are sober, it's wrong when they are drunk.
  • Trust your instincts and get out of a situation that feels wrong.
  • Avoid putting music headphones in both ears when you need to be able to hear what is going on around you.
  • Walk confidently on the side of the street facing traffic - don't appear vulnerable.
  • Lock your doors and windows - at home and in your vehicle.
  • Keep your cell phone with you and charged.
  • Know where you are - in the event you need to call for help.
  • If you are going out, let a friend or family member know where you're going, who you will be with, and when you will return.
  • Make a scene if you feel threatened - don't worry about hurting someone's feelings.


  • Someone in the US is sexually assaulted every 2 minutes.
  • 9 out of 10 victims are female
  • 44 % of victims are under 18
  • 57% of sex assaults happen on dates
  • 75% of the men and 55% of the women involved in acquaintance sexual assaults were drinking or taking drugs just before the attack.

Sexual assault is one of the most under reported crimes - 60% of sexual assaults are not reported to law enforcement, which means the assailants face no consequences