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