Loyola University Chicago

Coordinated Community Response Team

Prevention

Tips for all members of the Loyola Community

  • Communicate clearly about how you feel and what you want. Listen to your partner. Do not rely on body language—stop, ask, and clarify what your partner wants.
  • Do not accept the myth that 'no means yes'. Submission does not equal consent.
  • Limit alcohol intake. And remember that having sex with someone who is drunk is sexual assault, even if you have been drinking.
  • Educate yourself and examine your own attitudes that may perpetuate sexism and gender-based violence.
  • Challenge actions, comments or jokes that support rape and other gender-based violence.
  • Speak up. Don't just look the other way. Confront friends who are becoming disrespectful or abusive to any person by speaking up when you think gender-based violence is possible. You could save a friend from becoming a victim of sexual assault—or from committing one.
  • Start conversations with your friends, your partners, and your family about what violence means and how they can help stop gender-based violence.
  • Talk to someone you know who makes sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic or other such remarks. Explain why you think the behavior is inappropriate.
  • Invite an educator to speak to your class or student organization about violence, or become a Wellness Advocate with the Wellness Center to lead these discussions.
  • Get involved and do your part to end violence. There are many things you can do on and off campus to help, including attending events, requesting or organizing events, and volunteering your time. Many student groups on campus work to raise awareness of violence-related issues and you can join one of these groups.
  • Be critical of the media you consume. Only support musical artists, television shows, and movies that treat people with respect and portray gender-based violence accurately. If you don’t like what you see or hear, turn it off.