Men and Prevention
While individuals of both genders are perpetrators of sexual assault, the majority of those who commit sexual assaults are men. Even so, it is important to remember that the vast majority of men are not rapists. There are many things men can do to help prevent sexual violence. (source: RAINN, 2009)
- Communicate clearly with your partner
- Don't engage in sexual activity without a clear "yes"
- Learn more about consent
If You See Someone in Danger of Being Assaulted
- Step in and offer assistance. Ask if the person needs help. NOTE: Before stepping in, make sure to evaluate the risk. If it means putting yourself in danger, call Campus Safety at 215-204-1234 (1-1234 on campus) or 911.
- Donít leave. If you remain at the scene and are a witness, the perpetrator is less likely to do anything.
- If you know the perpetrator, tell him or her that you do not approve of what s/he is doing. Ask him or her to leave the potential victim alone.
Be an Ally
- When you go to a party, go with a group of friends. Arrive together, check in with each other frequently and leave together.
- Have a buddy system. Donít be afraid to let a friend know if you are worried about her/his safety.
- If you see someone who is intoxicated, assist them in getting home safely.
If Someone You Know Has Been Assaulted
- Listen. Be there. Donít be judgmental.
- Be patient.
- Help to empower your friend. Sexual assault is a crime that takes away an individualís power, it is important not to compound this experience by putting pressure on your friend to do things that he or she is not ready to do yet.
- Encourage your friend to report the sexual assault to law enforcement (call Temple Campus Safety at 215-204-1234 or 1-1234 on campus). Any Temple staff will help you to contact resources to report incidents and to get help.
- Let your friend know that professional help is available for free through Tuttleman Counseling Services.
- If your friend is willing to seek medical attention or report the assault, offer to accompany them wherever they need to go.
Changing the Culture
- There are certain things in our culture that make sexual assault more possible. By speaking out and educating ourselves and others, we can help to decrease the number of sexual assaults.
- Become knowledgeable about the issue and share your knowledge with others.
- Get involved with a local rape crisis center and help educate your community about preventing sexual violence.