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How You Can Help Prevent Sexual Assault

Tips for Everyone

  • Be aware of your surroundings and trust your instincts.
  • Avoid being alone or isolated with someone you do not know or do not trust.
  • Do not make any assumptions about sex. Define your limits and make your intentions known, talk about it!
  • If you are interested in proceeding physically, seek permission and do not proceed without an explicit "yes" from your partner.
  • Remember that prior sexual interactions with someone do not automatically give permission for future sexual interactions with that person.
  • Take care of yourself. Do not depend on others to look out for you, but do look out for your friends.
  • Be aware that excessive alcohol consumption is often associated with sexual violence. Remember that alcohol does not act as a permission slip for sex.
  • Know that you have an obligation to your fellow Butler community members to intervene if you oversee a situation that you feel may lead to sexual victimization. Do not let anyone "get away" with sexual assault.
  • Do not accept drinks from people you do not know.
  • If someone is being aggressive or possessive, alert your friends or the authorities of the establishment or the police.
  • Leave with your trusted friends, not with someone you just met.
  • Most date rapes involve men and women who conform to traditional, rigid sex roles so it is important to examine sexism in order to prevent rape.

Tips for Men

Men's Pledge to End Rape

I believe that rape will not end until men become part of the solution:
I take pride in myself as a man;
I care about the women in my life;
I am angry that people I know have been hurt;
I know that more than one woman is raped every minute in this country;
I understand that rape is a crime of violence against a woman's body, a woman's emotional
well-being, and a woman's right to do with their bodies what they choose;
I recognize that men and women will not be equal until rape ends;
I know that happiness between men and women is difficult in a world where rape exists;
I accept my responsibility to assist in making this a safer world.

I Pledge To:
Speak about my anger about rape;
Talk with other men about rape;
Look at how men are raised that helps create and perpetuate a culture
where rape is possible;
Interrupt sexist and rape jokes;
Support laws that encourage men to take responsibility for ending rape;
Listen to women friend's fears and concerns for their safety;
Pay attention to cries for help;
Challenge images of violence against women in advertising and pornography;
Encourage women to be strong and powerful;
Recognize that cooperation is power;
Examine my behaviors and actions and change whatever I am doing that helps create a climate
where rape is possible;
Support women and men working to end rape.