Risk Reduction Strategies
The goal of these risk reduction strategies is to raise the awareness that sexual misconduct and gender based violence happens here. While preventing sexual violence often involves grappling with the norms and cultural expectations of today's society, there are ways that an individual can lessen the likelihood of being assaulted or being implicated in a sexual assault. As you are reading these risk reduction strategies, please remember that if someone is assaulted, it is never their fault.
In social situations
- Be an active bystander to stop sexual violence.
- Clearly receive consent for every aspect of sexual activity.
- If someone says no or looks uncomfortable, stop what is happening.
- Ask for clarification if there are mixed messages.
- Communicate boundaries and expectations.
- Trust your instincts. If you feel unsafe, uncomfortable, or worried for any reason, don’t ignore these feelings. Go with your gut and get out of the situation.
- Go out with friends or in groups and keep an eye on each other. Plan to leave with them, and let them know if you leave early. Check in and communicate any concerns with each other throughout the night.
When there is alcohol involved
- Remember that a person who is drunk to the point of incapacitation cannot consent to sexual activity.
- If you suspect a friend is too intoxicated or is incapacitated, get them to a safe place.
- Know what you are drinking. Steer clear of large batches of alcohol, “jungle juice,” or ingredients that you don’t recognize.
- Don’t leave a drink unattended
- Don't accept drinks from people you don't know or trust. Always watch a drink get made before you accept it.
- Check in with yourself. Be aware of sudden changes in the way your body feels. Do you feel more intoxicated than you should? If so, seek out a friend, ResLife member, or call security to get to a safe place.
- Ask yourself: “Would I do this if I was sober?” Alcohol can have an effect on overall judgment.