Remember, you are much more likely to be sexually assaulted by someone you know than you are to be assaulted by a stranger. Here are some tips for reducing your risk of being sexually assaulted:
- Be aware of what is happening around you. Stay alert. Don't become drunk or under the influence of drugs.
- Decide what you do and do not want to do before get together with a potential sexual partner. Think about how to communicate this to your date.
- Communicate your limits firmly and directly. Don't assume that your date will automatically know how you feel, or will eventually "get the message" without you having to tell them. If you say "NO", say it like you mean it. Don't give mixed messages.
- Act in a way that shows you value yourself. Respond assertively to any even minor acts of sexual harassment or disrespect. Do not allow others to violate your personal space.
- Guard your drink at all times.
- Do not allow yourself to be taken into secluded settings. Always arrange alternate transportation home in case you need it. You may call the UW-Whitewater police at 262-472-4660 to receive transportation.
- Let others know where you are going.
- Trust your instincts and get out of any situation that feels wrong.
- Do not assume that someone who has been non-violent in the past will never be violent.
- Don't be afraid of not being liked by someone who won't respect your feelings.
- Use a buddy system to watch out for each other. Go home with the friends you went out with.
UW-W Police provide personal safety escorts to and from anywhere on campus 24 hours a day and will provide safety transportation from campus to areas within the Whitewater community when available. If you need emergency or safety necessitated transportation, please call to make arrangements.
UW-W Police offers a self-defense class designed for the prevention of sexual assault. The program stresses the thought process and personal preparation necessary to best protect yourself from threatening situations. If you, or a group, is interested, please call 262-472-4660 to make a request.