What Can I Do?

Bystander Intervention / You're a Victim / Support a Friend

Risk Reduction

Being raped or sexually assaulted is never the victims's fault.

  • Lock your door.
  • Avoid excessive use of alcohol and drugs. They can interfere with clear thinking.
  • Know your limits; plan ahead.
  • Walk with people you know and trust.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help before, during, or after an assault.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and the people around you.
  • Keep campus emergency numbers in your cell phone.
  • Always trust your instincts when something doesn’t “feel right”.
  • If a person is drunk, he or she cannot legally consent to sex.
  • Be assertive: don’t allow politeness, fear of hurting someone’s feelings or accusations that you have “led someone on” trap you into a dangerous situation.
  • Know your sexual boundaries and clearly communicate them.
  • Don’t be a silent bystander. If you see someone in a potentially dangerous situation, speak up or get help.