How can I reduce my risk of becoming a sexual assault offender?
Sexual assault involves two or more people. To reduce your risk of being
accused of sexual assault:
- Remember: sexual assault is a crime. You will be held responsible for your
- Ensure that your partner consents to sexual activity. You must have consent
from your partner before you can legally engage in sexual activity. If someone
is passed out, unconscious, or asleep from alcohol, drugs, or fatigue, they are
legally unable to give their consent.
- Ensure a potential partner is of legal age.ignorance is no excuse. The "age
of consent", or the age at which someone can legally give consent for sexual
activity, varies by state. It is as high as 18 years of age in some states.
- Communicate your expectations to a potential partner. Misunderstandings and
lack of communication, especially between people who don't know each other very
well, can lead to dangerous and career-threatening situations.
- Avoid using drugs or excessive alcohol. People under the influence of
alcohol or drugs often have different memories of how an event occurs.
- Remember that No means No even if the other person:
- Says yes, but changes his or her mind
- Has been kissing you or "making out" with you
- Has had sex with you before
- Has been drinking alcohol
- Wears provocative clothing.
If you're not sure how your partner feels about your actions, ask the question!Remember: No means No.