If you find yourself in an uncomfortable sexual
situation, these suggestions may help you to reduce your risk:
If you have limits, make them known before things go too far.
Tell a sexual aggressor “NO” clearly and loudly, like you mean it.
Try to extricate yourself from the physical presence of a sexual aggressor.
Grab someone nearby and ask for help.
5. Be responsible for
your alcohol intake/drug use and realize that alcohol/drugs lower your sexual
inhibitions and may make you vulnerable to someone who views a drunk or high person as a sexual opportunity.
6. Watch out for your
friends and ask that they watch out for you.
A real friend will get in your face if you are about to make a
mistake. Respect them if they do.
7. Be aware of
incapacitating drugs like Rohypnol and GHB. See the detailed information below
or go to www.911rape.org.
8. The campus
community should contact the Conway Police Department (501-450-6120) for
listings and information regarding registered sex offenders, or visit the Arkansas Crime Information Center at: http://acic.org/offender-search/index.php
If you find yourself in the position of being the
initiator of sexual behavior, you owe sexual respect to your potential
partner. These suggestions may help you
to reduce your risk for being accused of sexual misconduct:
1. DON’T MAKE
ASSUMPTIONS About consent; About
someone’s sexual availability; About whether they are attracted to you; About how far you can go; About whether they
are physically and mentally able to consent to you;
2. Clearly communicate
your intentions to your sexual partner and give them a chance to clearly relate
their intentions to you.
3. Mixed messages from
your partner should be a clear indication that you should step back, defuse the
sexual tension, and communicate better.
Perhaps you are misreading them. Perhaps
they haven’t figured out how far they want to go with you yet. You need to respect the timeline with which
they are comfortable.
4. Don’t take advantage
of someone’s drunkenness or drugged state, even if they did it to themselves.
5. Realize that your
potential partner could be intimidated by you, or fearful. You may have a power advantage simply because
of your gender or size. Don’t abuse that
6. Understand that
consent to some forms of sexual behavior does not necessarily imply consent to
other forms of sexual behavior.
7. On this campus, silence and passivity cannot be
interpreted by you as an indication of consent.
Read your potential partner carefully, paying attention to verbal and
non-verbal communication and body language.