SAFETY PLANNING: Be Smart. Think Smart. Act Smart
For many people who have been affected by sexual assault, current and long-term safety is or can be an ongoing concern. By using common sense, situational awareness, and trusting your instincts you can help to reduce the risk of future harm by following some or all of the below tips:
If you consume alcohol, do so in moderation. Studies indicate that about half of all U.S. sexual assaults involve the use of alcohol by the offender, the victim, or both.
Do not leave your beverage unattended or accept a drink from an open container.
If you go on a date with someone you do not know very well, tell a close friend what your plans are. Have that person check in with you during the date (more than once).
When you date someone, communicate clearly with that person to ensure he or she knows your limits from the beginning. Both verbal and nonverbal (body language) communication can be used to ensure the message is understood.
Remember, that no matter what you are wearing it is NOT an invitation for anyone to touch you without your consent.
Remember, you have the right to say "NO" even if you:
Say yes, first, but then change your mind later
Have had sex with this partner before
Have been kissing or "making out"
MAKE SURE, you always have extra money to get home (Uber, Lyft, Taxi, Metro, etc) AND have a back-up plan for someone you can call if you need help.
TAKE ACTION: If you feel uncomfortable, scared, or pressured, act quickly to end the situation. Say, "Stop it" and leave or call for help.
BATTLE BUDDIES / WING MAN: When you go to a party, go with a group of friends. Arrive together, watch out for each other, and leave together.
Be aware of your surroundings at all times.
Do not allow yourself to be isolated with a person you do not know or trust.
Travel with a friend or in a group.
Plan your outings and do your best to avoid getting into a bad situation.
Walk only in lighted areas after dark.
Keep the doors to homes, barracks, and cars locked.
ALWAYS know where the phone is located.