Victim Support Statement
The only person responsible for sexual misconduct is the perpetrator. It is against the law to engage in sexual activities without consent. Someone incapacitated due to alcohol or drugs cannot consent to sexual activity.
With no intent to victim blame and recognizing that only abusers are responsible for their abuse, the following are some strategies to reduce one's risk of sexual assault or harassment:
- If you are uncomfortable with someone's behavior or feel threatened, remove yourself from the situation and, if possible, notify an authority about the situation;
- Don't allow yourself or others to be isolated with someone you don't trust or someone you don't know;
- When you go to a social gathering, go with a group of friends and watch out for each other;
- Be aware of your surroundings, avoid isolated areas, and trust your instincts;
- Make sure your cell phone is with you and charged; and
- Don't leave your drink unattended and don't accept drinks from people you don't know or trust.
- In addition, bystanders play a critical role in the prevention of sexual assaults and sexual misconduct. Bystanders may not be directly involved, but can intervene, speak up, and call for help. You can make a difference.
Crimes can also be reported confidentially through the UPD's Silent Witness Program.
If you believe a crime has been committed, call 911 or (904) 620-2800 immediately.