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Sexual Assault

  • Make sure you have consent before you engage in any sexual activity. Consent is a clear and freely given yes, not the absence of a no. Consent should never be assumed or inferred and can be withdrawn at any time.
  • Consent for sexual activity must be free of force, threat, intimidation, or coercion. Neither silence nor a prior relationship is sufficient to indicate consent.
  • A person who is intoxicated, drugged, asleep, or unconscious does not have the capacity to consent to engage in sexual activity. Any sexual act done to them while in this state is a crime.
  • Do not assume you know what the other person wants - ask.
  • Consent is an active agreement to participate. If someone says no, it means no. If someone is silent, it does not mean yes.
  • If a person seems uncomfortable during sexual activity, is non-participatory, or states that they want to be doing something else, you should stop.
  • Consent can be withdrawn at any point. A person has the right to change their mind at any time during a sex act, even if they have engaged in it before.
  • Do not feel obligated to do anything you do not want to. “I don’t want to” is always a good enough reason.
  • Always trust your instincts. If you feel uneasy or sense something is wrong, do what you can to get out of that situation safely.
  • If you suspect someone is in immediate physical danger or distress, contact the local police immediately.
  • If you overhear someone trying to coerce another person into sexual activity, such as through the use of threats to expose videos, photos, or embarrassing information, call the local police immediately.
  • If you believe a person is setting someone up for a sexual assault, help the victim get away, get others in the area to help, or call the local police. You can make a difference.