Rape Awareness Education

Did You Know...

  • Rape is an aggressive act. It is a crime of violence where sex is the weapon.
  • Most sexual assaults are committed by someone known to the victim - friends, acquaintances, intimates and family members.
  • The vast majority of sexual victimizations occurred in the evening.
  • The highest risk group for rape is females between 16 and 24 years old.
  • Men are also victims of sexual violence.
  • The majority of sexual victimizations occurred in living quarters.
  • Most victims do not report the crime.
  • Alcohol is frequently involved in rapes. 
  • The key issue in rape is consent. 
  • Help is available. 

Reducing Your Risks

There is no typical scenario. However, there are certain types of situations that place a person at greater vulnerability. Here are some suggestions that may reduce your risks of being victimized. Some of the tips might seem simple, but sometimes we forget to do some of the simplest things that could keep us safe.

  • Pay attention to your surroundings.
  • Lock your doors.
  • Tell others where you are going and when you plan to return.  
  • When going out with friends, make agreements to regularly check on each other and for transportation home.
  • Know your sexual limits and assert those limits clearly.
  • Be assertive, forceful, and firm. If you don’t want or like someone’s behavior, then say so.
  • Limit your alcohol consumption and avoid drug use. Be able to take care of yourself in a responsible manner.
  • Avoid secluded places when dating.
  • Don’t accept drinks from punch bowls or open containers.
  • Never leave your drink unattended.
  • Don’t leave a party with someone you just met. Leave with the same people you came with.
  • Always be alert.
  • If you feel threatened, alert someone.   
  • Don’t worry about being polite. Scream, yell - do whatever you have to do. Be rude!

Trust your instincts. If a situation, person or place makes you uncomfortable, remove yourself from the environment.