Preventing Sexual Assault • What
Can You Do?
Sexual Assault is a major problem in our society. 1 in 6 women report being victims
of rape or attempted rape and only 40% of assaults are ever reported to the police.*
Recent research suggests that most rapists, even date or acquaintance rapists
are serial rapists. To prevent violence against women, everyone needs to get
involved. Here are some tips on how to not only protect yourself; but how to
get involved and end this problem for good!
Tips to Stay Safe When you go out….
the buddy system—never leave a friend
your boundaries—If someone is being
disrespectful or invading your personal space (for example, by dancing too
close) get away from them
a self-defense class—this can build
confidence and help you stand up for yourself
your own drink—never accept a drink
that is opened or that you did not see poured
you feel in danger make a scene, yell, scream,
let others know someone is bothering you
your instincts! If a situation feels uncomfortable,
take your friends and leave
How Do We Prevent This?
Build Healthy Relationships
Get involved in relationships with people who respect your limits and boundaries.
Avoid people who demand all of your attention or attempt to isolate you from
friends and family.
If someone tells you they have been assaulted, don’t question them
or ask why they got themselves into that situation.Believe them and refer
them to places like TurnAround where they can get help.
Don’t Joke About It
Sexual assault is a serious thing. Don’t tolerate friends who joke
about it or who perpetuate myths and blame victims. Tell friends you don’t
appreciate sexist, racist, or homophobic jokes.
Volunteer at your local rape crisis center or see what groups at your school
address this issue. Get involved in the women’s ministry at your church
or go see a charity production of The Vagina Monologues. Call TurnAround
for more information on how to get involved in preventing sexual assault!
*National Crime Victimization Survey, 2005 Bureau of Statistics, US
Department of Justice
For more information and statistics on sexual assault,