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It is important to realize that socialization plays a role in sexual aggression. 

Experts believe that by re-socializing people or changing current beliefs, some sexual assaults can be avoided.

CHANGING ATTITUDES, CHANGING LIVES
ATTITUDES THAT FEMALES NEED TO BE AWARE OF

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It is important to realize that socialization plays a role in sexual aggression. Experts believe that by re-socializing people or changing current beliefs, some sexual assaults can be avoided.

BE AWARE:

You have the right to say "NO" and not be pressured into unwanted sexual activity.

Be clear about your sexual desires, and communicate them clearly. If all you want to do is engage in petting, then say so.

Take a more active role in your dates. Give input to where you want to go and what you would like to do on that date.

You have the right to end a date at any time without feeling guilty. Take cab fare or phone money with you so you can get home.

You have the right not to drink on a date, but if you do, be aware of how alcohol can affect your judgment.

Although poor judgment does not justify rape, females need to be aware of risky behaviors and avoid potentially dangerous situations.

You have the right to yell, hit, scratch, bite, kick, or cause bodily harm to a male who is attempting a sexual assault.

You also have the right to be heard, helped, and supported if you are a survivor.

Date rapes occur in long-term relationships as well as first time dates.

Pay attention to warning signs in relationships:

  • Partner has general disrespect and hostility towards you.
  • Partner places you on a pedestal or sets high standards for you, and becomes angry when you don't live up to them.
  • Partner controls relationship; he does not respect your ideas or consult you about dates.
  • Partner becomes angry or tries to make you feel guilty when you turn down his sexual advances.
  • Partner is overly intrusive into your personal space and does not respect your right to privacy, or your personal sexuality.
  • Partner becomes physically and/or verbally abusive when drinking.
  • Partner uses emotional coercion or emotional blackmail (for example "If you loved me you would...").

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