Risk Reduction Tips
- Know how far you are willing to go and make it known.
- Use your outside voice. Be clear with a sexual aggressor when “No” means “No”.
- Try to get away from the sexual aggressor.
- Get help from anyone nearby.
- Know yourself. Know your alcohol limits. Know the facts: Alcohol and drugs will lower your sexual inhibitions and may make you vulnerable to a sexual aggressor.
- Be a friend. Watch out for your friends and ask them to watch out for you.
These suggestions may help you to reduce your risk of being accused of sexual misconduct:
- Don’t Make Assumptions.
- Use your voice. Communicate your intentions to your sexual partner and give them a chance to clearly relate their intentions to you.
- Assume nothing.
- Don’t take advantage of someone’s intoxicated state.
- You may have a power advantage. Don’t abuse that power.
- Understand that consent to one form of sexual behavior does not necessarily imply consent to others.
- Read your potential partner carefully, paying attention to verbal and non‐verbal communication and body language.
- Let the offender know that the behavior is not acceptable without embarrassing the offending person.
- Call the offense by name, so that all parties involved know that an offense is occurring.
- Protect the person who has been offended.
- Keep the offender from causing harm.
- Help someone who has been hurt.
- Get help. Tell someone.