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How You Can Help Prevent Sexual Assault

  • Do not make any assumptions about what your partner is interested in doing sexually. Define your limits and make your intentions known. Talk about it!
  • If you are interested in proceeding physically, seek permission and do not proceed without an explicit and enthusiastic "yes" from your partner.
  • Remember that prior sexual interactions with someone do not automatically give permission for future sexual interactions with that person. Consent is required each and every time.
  • Be aware that some people may encourage excessive alcohol consumption in order to take advantage of others sexually.
  • Know that you have an obligation to your fellow Butler community members to intervene if you observe a situation that you feel may lead to sexual victimization. Do not let anyone "get away" with sexual assault. Step in, call for help or call the police.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and trust your instincts. This alone will not prevent sexual assault, but is a good practice for reducing vulnerability.
  • The ultimate responsibility for preventing sexual assault lies with those who would commit it. Take responsibility for your own actions and don't blame those hurt by sexual assault and other forms of interpersonal violence.


Educate yourself on issues related to sexual assault and other forms of interpersonal violence. Some helpful resources can be found here.


Bystander intervention can substantially reduce sexual and other forms of interpersonal violence. Click here to learn about Butler's bystander empowerment model, Community of C.A.R.E.