Party Smart & Plan Ahead!
There is no absolute way to prevent a sexual assault, but you can help reduce the risk to yourself or someone else by thinking and planning ahead. If you are going to party:
- Know your Limits with Alcohol – Don’t drink to excess. Besides concerns about sexual assault, high-risk alcohol consumption can have numerous other consequences including poor grades, driving while intoxicated, non-sexual assaults, unsafe sex, injury, organ damage, etc.
- Drink with friends – Avoid drinking with people you don’t know, people who insist you “keep up,” or make fun of you for not drinking enough. Drink with people you can trust and who will stay with you.
- Use the Buddy System – Have at least one buddy who will stay with you and who will not drink or knows his/her limits. This buddy could be you. The buddy can tell you when you have had too much and can keep watch out for you and know if you disappear
- Make a Plan – Before you go out, make a plan! Talk to your friends about where you are going, who you know there, how you will get there, when you will leave, and how you will get home. Set up check points for the evening or codes to make it easy to communicate with your friends.
- Always Know where Your Drink Came from and where it is – If you didn’t see the bartender pour it and hand it to you, don’t accept drinks from anyone. Hold onto your drink, even when you go to the bathroom If your drink is out of sight even for just a second, get a new one–spiking a drink takes almost no time. Don’t drink from punch-bowls or open containers. If you’re drink tastes funny, get rid of it.
- Charge your Cell Phone and Keep it with You – You never know when you will need it, and it’s your easiest way to get help in an emergency.
- Avoid Clubs or Parties where Women get in for Free, but Men have to Pay – If a club or party lets women in for free, or allows them to drink for free, but makes men pay for admission or drinks, think twice about going.
- Trust Your Instincts – if something doesn’t feel right, remove yourself from the situation and/or get help.
- Have Money and the Number for a Taxi – You may need to leave a bar or party and get home. Make sure you have the number for a taxi so that you can call if you need to. While many cab companies take credit cards, not all cabs are equipped for credit cards, so make sure you have enough cash to get home.