Reduce Your Risk
You may consider taking these steps to try to increase personal safety. If a sexual assault should occur, it is never the survivor's fault, whether or not any or all of these steps were taken. The responsibility for a sexual assault lies only with the assailant.
- Trust your instincts. If a situation feels unsafe, it probably is.
- Be assertive. Communicate your sexual limits clearly and directly.
- Understand that some behaviors may be misinterpreted as willingness to have sex.
- Be prepared to clarify your behavior and communicate your limits.
- Know that you always have the right to say no at any time for any reason.
- Be alert if your date/partner is controlling, threatening, angers easily, or humiliates you in public. These characteristics are often associated with relationship violence.
- Limit alcohol intake. Never leave a drink unattended or accept drinks from strangers. Educate yourself about date rape drugs.
- Avoid being alone with someone you don't know well or who makes you feel uncomfortable. Don't worry about hurting their feelings.
- Agree that you and your friends will watch out for each other.
- Use a buddy system when you go out and agree that one of you will not drink.
- Avoid leaving friends alone at parties, bars, or clubs.
- Be alert and aware of your surroundings.
- Avoid secluded or unknown places.
- Don't be afraid to call attention to yourself or your situation.
- Know where the emergency phones are located on campus.
- Contact Loyola Campus Safety for information on self-defense.