Sexual assault can happen to anyone at anytime.
Safety When Partying
- Go with a group, and leave with that same group. Make sure you don't leave anyone behind and that you don't get left behind.
- Check in with your friends throughout the night so no one gets stuck alone with someone unfamiliar.
- Create a code word or a secret signal among your friends that lets them know you are ready to leave or are in an uncomfortable situation that you would like them to help get you out of. There are also some great apps such as Circle of 6 and Kitestring that can help get you out of uncomfortable and potentially unsafe situations.
- Before you get to the party, designate a meeting spot in case your group gets separated. Make sure this spot is well lit and in a safe area.
- Keep an eye on your drink at all times. If you set your drink down and walk away from it, even for just a minute, get a new one.
Safety in Practice
- Always be aware of your surroundings. Keeping your cell phone charged and with you is a great idea -- talking on your phone or texting while walking at night is not.
- Keep your ears free of headphones -- wearing headphones distracts you and makes you much less able to hear what is going on around you
- Don't take shortcuts through potentially dangerous areas. Even if the safest way home is the longer way, take that route.
- Report suspicious behavior, even if you are not being directly threatened.
- You are much more likely to be sexually assaulted by someone you know versus a complete stranger.
- Remember that "no" means "no" and that submission is never a "yes."
- Keep in mind that a prior sexual encounter with a person does not automatically give permission for future sexual interactions with that person.