Love Shouldn't Hurt

Types of Sexual Assault

Rape
Sexual Assault
Incest
Sexual Exploitation
Unwanted or Inappropriate Sexual Contact
Sexual Harassment
Exposure
Threats
Stalking/Cyberstalking
Peeping



Risk reduction

Keep your keys & phone on hand when you are walking alone in public.
Always trust your instincts, if you are feeling uncomfortable leave.
Be confident & assertive in your walk and talk.
Never hitchhike.
Be aware of your surroundings.
If you choose to use alcohol or drugs have a trusted friend with you.
Keep gas in your car just in case you need to leave quickly.
Communicate with your partner: NO MEANS NO; clear verbal consent means yes.
Only drink something you poured yourself or that comes in a pre-sealed container.
Don’t leave your drink unattended.
Always have extra money to get home if you didn’t drive.

 

If someone you know has been sexually assaulted:

DO:

Be supportive, listen to them.
Share your feelings of concern for them.
Communicate to your friend that they are not responsible for the violation.
Make sure your friend has a safe place to stay.
Allow your friend to regain control by making their own decisions.
Make yourself available to accompany your friend to a helping resource (e.g., hospital, Health Center, Counseling Center, The Cottage).
Realize that you, too, have been affected and seek support if you need it.

DON’T:

Attempt to seek revenge.
Make jokes.
Be angry with your friend.
Force your friend to talk and/or take control away from them.
Ask your friend how they could “let this happen”.
Assume you understand how your friend feels.
Discuss the incident with others unless you have permission from your friend.


 

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