Preventing Acquaintance Rape

What you can do to protect yourself?

Trust Your Instincts

  • If you feel ill, get help immediately!
  • Never leave your drink unattended at parties or clubs.
  • Bring your own drinks to private parties.
  • Do not accept drinks from punch bowls or other common containers; only accept drinks in cans or closed containers.
  • Go out with a group of friends or double date - and watch out for your friends.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • When dating, try to get as much information about your date as possible. If you met this date through mutual friends, ask them what they know about this person.

When You're On a Date

  • Make your expectations clear.
  • If you don't want someone touching you, kissing you, or making advances toward you, let them know that. A forceful, strong attitude will convey a message to a would-be rapist.
  • If you are on a date, tell others when you'll be back. If you feel threatened, inform your date that you've told others where you are and that you need to call them periodically. Again, if it doesn't feel right, trust your intuition. Get help, get away from the person, do whatever you can to put yourself in a safer place.
  • Be safe. What you know and have read about stranger-rape applies: carry a whistle, lock car doors, walk in lighted areas, know basic self-defense and maintain a secure locked home.
  • Avoid placing yourself in a state in which you are not able to take precautions. Dating under the influence of alcohol or drugs is very dangerous. It can compromise your ability to protect yourself.
  • Alcohol is by far the most common "Date-Rape" Drug.

HSU Police provides RAD (Rape Aggression Defense) classes periodically throughout the year. Check out the RAD webpage to learn more or call the University Police at 826-5555.

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