While you can never completely protect yourself from sexual assault, there are some things you can do to help reduce your risk of being assaulted in various situations.
Most sexual assaults come from date sexual assault or in social situations gone bad...but not all. Being in urban/suburban Southern California requires a good level of awareness and attention to your personal safety.
If you need to get out of an uncomfortable or scary situation here are some things that you can try:
You can’t always avoid date sexual assault. However, there are things you can do to minimize the risk of sexual assault.
REMEMBER: If your prevention strategies do not work, it is not your fault if you are sexually assaulted. At any point when you are in a vulnerable situation, the other person has a range of choices; if that person chooses to commit sexual assault, that choice is 100% that person's responsibility.
College provides an environment for many students to explore relationships and learn social skills, and perhaps develop serious commitments. However, inexperienced partners may not have the tools and experience needed to identify troubling behaviors. The earliest expressions of abuse aren’t always physical. Controlling habits can begin with manipulative comments or angry outbursts, either in-person or over phone, text or social media.
Sometimes it's not possible to recognize an abusive person before something bad happens. But if there are warning signs of a potentially problematic relationship, it is extremely important for you to be able to recognize them, before an abusive situation escalates. The most common indicators of high-risk emotional or physical abuse are below:
NOTE: This page is based heavily on material gathered from the following sources. We would strongly recommend RAINN for addtional information.