The number one way to prevent sexual assault is to not rape.
We know that young women are at the highest risk of sexual assault, but let’s be perfectly clear about a few things:
- It is not just the responsibility of women to avoid sexual assault. That is considered blaming the victim!
- Men and boys are also victims of assault and unwanted sexual contact. It can be just as traumatic for men as for women.
- Men have no right to force someone against their will. Guys — ask for consent, and respect what your partner wants.
- We know that “bystander intervention” can work. Watch out for each other and speak up when someone is being inappropriate.
- Sometimes bad things happen in spite of being very careful and doing everything right. But it is never EVER your fault.
The following is from President Obama’s initiative to stop sexual assault It’s on us — all of us — to stop sexual assault. Here’s how YOU can be a part of the solution:
- Talk to your friends honestly and openly about sexual assault.
- Don’t just be a bystander — if you see something, intervene in any way you can.
- Trust your gut. If something looks like it might be a bad situation, it probably is.
- Be direct. Ask someone who looks like they may need help if they’re ok.
- Get someone to help you if you see something — enlist a friend, RA, bartender, or host to help step in.
- Keep an eye on someone who has had too much to drink.
- If you see someone who is too intoxicated to consent, enlist their friends to help them leave safely.
- Recognize the potential danger of someone who talks about planning to target another person at a party.
- Be aware if someone is deliberately trying to intoxicate, isolate, or corner someone else.
- Get in the way by creating a distraction, drawing attention to the situation, or separating them.
- Understand that if someone does not or cannot consent to sex, it’s rape.
- Never blame the victim.
While the responsibility of ending sexual gender based violence is on the perpetrators, here is some information that may keep you safe while
You can always contact a member of the SASHAA team to discuss strategies for specific countries.