What To Do If...
If you are being pressured into a sexual situation
- Trust your instincts and do what feels right. If you are not interested, make your feelings clear and leave the situation immediately.
- It is okay to lie to get yourself out of an uncomfortable or potentially unsafe sexual situation.
- Don't be afraid to make a scene to try and attract attention if you feel that you are in an unsafe or uncomfortable situation.
Be an active bystander to help prevent incidents of sexual violence
- Trust your instincts -- if it appears to you that someone is in danger, they may be.
- Step in and offer to help, or ask if the person needs help. Make sure, however, to evaluate the level of risk in stepping in. Getting yourself hurt in the process will not help the other person. In this type of situation, call 9-1-1.
- One of the easiest things you can do for someone is to stay with him or her. Perpetrators are less likely to do or try anything if they are not alone with their target.
- If you know the potential perpetrator, let him or her know that what he or she is doing is not okay and ask him or her to leave the potential victim alone.
If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted
Click here to view our What Now form, which can help give you, or someone you know, helpful information on options for support, reporting, and medical services after a sexual assault or rape.