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Rape Awareness

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What You Should Know About Rape

  • Every two minutes, someone in this country is sexually assaulted.
  • 70% of rapes involve alcohol or drugs.
  • More than 66% of sexual assault victims know their attacker. Among college women, the number is much higher — 90%.

Stay in Control — Reduce your Risk

  1. Keep From Being Drugged
    Don’t leave drinks unattended or drink from a punch bowl. Don’t drink anything you didn’t open yourself and keep in your possession. "Date rape drugs" can be put in drinks and cause intense drunkenness and memory loss. They can also physically impair you - you cannot walk, talk or escape assault.

  2. Avoid Drinking Too Much And Using Drugs
    Excessive drinking or use of drugs can make you vulnerable and distort your judgment. This can make it harder to stay in control of the situation. There are rapists out there looking to take advantage of women under these influences.

  3. Keep Friends Close
    Don’t go out alone with someone you don’t know well. There is strength in numbers; go out with a group instead. Watch out for one another. If a friend looks like she has had too much to drink or is under the influence of drugs, help her and don’t let her leave with anyone.

  4. Stay In Control
    Know when you or the person you are with is starting to cross the line and stop it immediately. Trust your instincts. If a situation feels unsafe, you are probably right. Get help or go home as soon as possible.

  5. Remember - Rape Is Never The Victim’s Fault
    You have nothing to feel ashamed or guilty about.

  6. Rape Is Rape
    Rape by someone you know is the same as rape by a stranger. It is just as real, just as dangerous…and just as serious

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