H.A.R.T Healthy Advocacy Response Team
Sexual Assault Prevention
Suggested Rape Prevention Strategies
One step to creating a safer environment is for both men and women to begin clearly and openly communicating about what they want and do not want sexually.
- Examine your needs and desires before you get into a sexual situation.
- Clearly tell your partner what you want. If there are limits you want to maintain, state what they are and stick to them
- Clearly ask your partner what ne/she wants.
General Strategies for Safety
- Avoid secluded places.
- Tell someone where you are going and have a way to get home.
- Know your limits and observe them. Alcohol and drugs impair everyone’s perception and judgment.
- Trust your instincts. If you feel something is wrong, do not ignore your feelings.
- Use a buddy system when you go to parties. Before you go to the party, agree with your friends when you are going to leave or under what circumstances you will leave each other.
- Agree upon signals to give your friends that will indicate needing and “escape” or a way out if a situation becomes uncomfortable. Do not be afraid to intervene if you think your friend is in a bad situation.
Safe Habits Around Campus
- Walk with others after dark. Avoid shortcuts; stay on lighted walkways.
- Vary your route
- Let your friends know the route you are taking and when to expect you.
- Notice cars that pull beside you or pass you more than once.
Safe Habits In Transit
- Have your keys ready in your hand as you approach the car.
- Check the back seat before you get into your car.
- Always make sure you have enough gas before you leave.
- If you suspect you are being followed, drive into a busy, well-lit establishment and call a law enforcement agency.
- Do not stop if you see a disabled vehicle on the highway, but report it and send help for the driver.