How to Help
How You Can Help Stop Sexual Violence:
- Know that sexual contact requires mutual consent.
- Spread the word that no one deserves to be sexually assaulted, stalked or victimized in any way.
- Don’t engage in any behavior that may be considered dating/domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking or any other form of violence.
- Never use force, coercion, threats, alcohol or other drugs to engage in sexual activity.
- Take responsibility for your actions. Avoid alcohol and other drugs.
- Remember “No” means “No!” and “Stop” means “Stop!”
- Don’t mistake submission or silence for consent.
- Report incidents of violence (including coercion) to law enforcement and campus authorities.
- Discuss dating/domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking with friends—speak out against violence and clear up misconceptions.
- Don’t laugh at sexist jokes or comments.
- Educate yourself and your friends.
- Attend an awareness event and use campus resources.
- Look out for others at parties and bars.
- Empower victims to tell their stories.
- Offer assistance, options and a sympathetic ear.