The Association of Title IX Administrators (ATIXA) provides some Risk Reduction Tips for you to keep in mind.

  1. If you have limits, make them known as early as possible.
  2. Tell a sexual aggressor “NO” clearly and firmly.
  3. Try to remove yourself from the physical presence of a sexual aggressor
  4. Find someone nearby and ask for help.
  5. Take affirmative responsibility for your alcohol intake/drug use.
  6. Take care of your friends and ask that they take care of you.
  7. Clearly communicate your intentions to your sexual partner and give them a chance to clearly relate their intentions to you.
  8. Understand and respect personal boundaries.
  9. DON’T MAKE ASSUMPTIONS about consent; about someone’s sexual availability; about whether they are attracted to you; about how far you can go or about whether they are physically and/or mentally able to consent. If there are any questions, you DO NOT have consent.
  10. Mixed messages from your partner are a clear indication that you should stop, defuse any sexual tension and communicate better.
  11. DO NOT take advantage of someone’s drunkenness or drugged state, even if they did it to themselves.
  12. Realize that your potential partner could be intimidated by you, or fearful.
  13. Understand that consent to some form of sexual behavior does not automatically imply consent to any other forms of sexual behavior.
  14. Silence and passivity cannot be interpreted as an indication of consent. Read your potential partner carefully, paying attention to verbal and non-verbal communication and body language.