Risk Reduction

Risk Reduction refers to recognizing warning signs of abusive personalities and how to fight back against potential attackers.

Risk Reduction Strategies

Communicate your limits clearly.  Tell them quickly, firmly, and clearly.  Polite approaches may be ignored or misunderstood.  Say “No” when you mean “No.”  Avoid giving mixed messages.

Know where you are going and be comfortable with the plans.  Don’t go anywhere with someone you don’t know well.  If you do leave a party with a new friend, tell the friends you came with where you are going and when you are coming back.

Drinking and drug use can impair your ability to think, act, or communicate clearly.

Only drink something that you have poured yourself or that comes in a pre-sealed container.  Don’t drink something that has been left unattended.

Listen to your gut feelings.  If you feel uncomfortable or think you might be at risk, leave the situation immediately and go to a safe place.

Look for warning signs.  Pay attention to behavior that does not feel right.  Be careful of anyone who…

ignores your personal boundaries

does not listen to what you say

is jealous and possessive of you and your timerisk reduction

gets upset when you don’t do what they want

tries to make you feel guilty to get their way

is under the influence of alcohol or other drugs

insists you go someplace alone or apart from others

Reduce the Risk of Committing Sexual Assault

Ask for consent and listen to what your partner has to say.  If your partner says “no” to sexual contact believe the person and stop.

Don’t assume that if someone had sex before he/she wants to have sex again.  Don’t assume that if your partner consents to kissing or other sexual activities, he/she consents to all sexual activities.

Understand that if you have sex with someone who is intoxicated, drugged, passed out, or otherwise incapable of saying “no” or unaware of his/her surroundings, you may be guilty of rape.