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Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Sexual Assault


RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE and in partnership with more than 1,100 local sexual assault service providers across the country.

Below are helpful links to reduce your risk of experiencing a sexual assault:

Safety Planning

For many people who have been impacted by sexual assault, current and long-term safety can be an ongoing concern. 

If Someone is Pressuring You

If you find yourself in in a situation where someone is pressuring you, remember that it’s not your fault. These tips may help you exit the situation safely.

What Consent Looks Like

The laws about consent vary by state and situation, but you don’t have to be a legal expert to understand how consent plays out in real life.

Safety Tips for Traveling

The following tips can help travelers plan for a safe and comfortable trip and may reduce the risk of many different types of crimes, including sexual violence.

Alcohol Safety

Alcohol may make it easier for a perpetrator to commit sexual assault and can even prevent someone from remembering that the assault occurred.

Safe Web Browsing

There are two important safety elements to consider when you’re browsing online: privacy and security.

Meeting Offline

Consider these safety tips when you plan to meet someone offline.

Social Media Safety

Take steps to protect your personal safety with the following social media safety tips.

Staying Safe on Campus

College campuses can give you a sense of security—a feeling that everyone knows each other and watches out for one another. There are perpetrators who take advantage of this feeling of safety and security to commit acts of sexual violence.

Protecting Your Friends

The key to keeping your friends safe is learning how to intervene in a way that fits the situation and your comfort level.

Circle of Six

Circle of 6 is a free app for iOS and Android devices that lets you build a circle of six friends or trusted people to quickly call on when you’re in danger and need help, in a bad situation with someone else, or need to reach the authorities. With one touch, the app pings your trusted friends or emergency services with your request for help, along with your current location so they can find you.

Circle of 6 is primarily designed to prevent domestic and sexual violence, and help people who may find themselves in a dangerous or uncomfortable situation get out of it quickly—either thanks to their best friends or thanks to police or other authorities. Still, the idea is sound for anyone who may need help that doesn’t necessarily involve calling 911: if your car’s broken down and you need a lift, one tap sends your friends a message saying you’re in trouble along with the address where you are so they can pick you up. If you’re in the middle of a horrible date and need a distraction, the app can help with that too.

Whether you install it on your own phone or suggest it to a good friend, Circle of 6 is worth an install. It’s available now for free in the iTunes App Store and at Google Play.

Need help getting home? Need an interruption? Two taps lets your circle know where you are and how they can help. Circle of 6 app for iPhone and Android makes it quick and easy to reach the six people you choose.

It’s the mobile way to look out for each other on campus or when you’re out for the night. A simple tool to prevent violence before it happens.