Sexual Assault Prevention
Sexual violence can happen to anyone. College students should look out for their friends, speak up about sexual violence, and take steps to increase personal safety. It’s possible to relax and have a good time while still making safety a priority.
Alcohol is a factor in almost all sexual assaults on college campuses and many perpetrators of sexual assault are known to the victim. Like many other substances, alcohol can inhibit a person’s physical and mental abilities. In the context of sexual assault, this means that alcohol may make it easier for a perpetrator to commit a crime and can even prevent someone from remembering that the assault occurred.
You can take steps to increase your safety in situations where drinking may be involved. These tips can help you feel safe and may reduce the risk of something happening, but, like any safety tips, they are not foolproof. It’s important to remember that sexual assault is never the victim’s fault, regardless of whether they were sober or under the influence of drugs or alcohol when it occurred.
- Make a plan and keep an eye on your friends.
- Have a backup plan.
- Stay alert.
- Trust your instincts.
- Protect your drink.
- Don’t accept drinks from anyone and don’t share drinks.
- Be aware of sudden changes in the way your body feels.
- Don’t hesitate to call 911 if you are concerned for someone else’s safety!
For more information on prevention and bystander intervention explore the Count on Cougs offered by WSU Cougar Health Services.