97,000 is a staggering number, and presumably that number has only been increasing as campuses swell.
That’s why, the Sexversations® 3 of hearts card, provides an interesting question; “If someone was drinking and they are sexually assaulted, does that mean it's their fault?”
No one can ever predict or prepare to guard themselves against sexual assault; however precautions can be taken to better help ensure your own personal safety. Again, even if precautions are disregarded, that doesn’t mean the act of violence committed against you is justified. And someone could safeguard themselves as much as possible and still be violated.
- Avoid dangerous situations
- Be aware of your surrounding
- Stay in groups when going out
- Always have a DSP (designated sober person)
- Carry your cell phone at all times
- Watch your drink carefully, and don’t drink from it after leaving it unattended
For more information on how to protect yourself you can visit Unite for Change.
But what do you suggest? How can people take an active role in personal safety and how can we deviate from a culture rampant with victim blaming practices?