Sexual Assault Prevention

Trusting People

  • When you go out or travel (walking or driving somewhere), do so with people that you trust to look out for your safety.
  • Be a good friend—keep an eye on your friends to make sure they are safe. There is more safety in numbers.
  • When you are at a gathering, make sure that someone knows where you are at all times.
  • Be aware that, while it in no way justifies sexual assault, going off by yourself can make it easier for someone to isolate and assault you.
  • If you do not feel well and need to lie down, make sure that a friend stays with you to check on you.
  • It may not be safe to be intimate with someone if you or they have been drinking or using other substances.

 

 

 

Traveling Home

  • Avoid travelling alone.
  • Organize safe and reliable transportation back home, and always carry enough cash for a taxi or bus ride:
    • Keep your cellular phone handy to call for help.
    • Call out for help if you suspect you are in danger.
  • If you must return home alone, be sure to walk on busy, well-lit streets; steer clear of shortcuts, isolated side streets, and dark pathways full of nooks and crannies. Other points:
    • Be aware of your surroundings.
    • Be aware of people that seem to be following you.
    • Don’t hesitate to ask someone for help, whether a person on the street, a neighbour, or someone inside a store or restaurant.
    • Don’t be afraid to make a lot of noise or to make a scene.