Gaining more awareness and taking preventive measures will help you become less vulnerable towards sexual assault. Follow these guidelines to prevent sexual assault:
Statistically, most assaults occur with the overuse of alcohol. Drink responsibly and be aware of your environment and the people in it.
Recognize that most sexual assaults are committed by the victim's acquaintances.
State your expectations clearly and express firmly that they should be honored.
Trust your instincts about possible danger. If someone or something makes you uneasy, you should get out of the situation.
Never hesitate to ask for help to ensure your own well-being.
Be committed to the safety of others. Make the effort to help friends and acquaintances get home safely.
Know the person you are dating. Meet new people in public places or on group dates.
Be aware of anyone that displays jealousy, anger, possessiveness, and aggression. Also be aware of anyone who ignores your wishes, crosses your personal boundaries, tries to guilt you, and/or becomes hostile when you say “no”.
Never open your door to strangers or let strangers inside your room, apartment, or house.
Be aware of your surroundings. Familiarize yourself with alternative routes. Walk in groups when possible.
If you are in immediate danger, yell “fire,” not “help” or “rape.” This will help draw a crowd and surprise the offender.