These tips available from Sexual Assault Crisis Response of Central Arkansas could help you or someone you know avoid sexual assault or dating violence.
Ways to prevent dating violence
- Consider double dates or being with a group when first going out.
- When going out, let a friend or parent know when you will be back. Tell your date you have done this so he or she will acknowledge someone is expecting you back at a certain time.
- Only drink from unopened containers or drinks you've seen poured.
- Never leave your drink unattended.
- Avoid group drinks like punch bowls.
- Be assertive and direct. Be straight forward about what you want, like or dislike in a relationship.
- Listen to your gut feelings. If you feel threatened, leave the situation and go to a safe place.
Sexual assault safety tips
- Use tips for preventing dating violence.
- Keep extra cash with you.
- Memorize emergency phone numbers.
Early warning signs of dating violence from your partner
- Not letting you hang out with your friends or becomes jealous, insecure or bossy.
- Calling you frequently to find out where you are, who you're with, and what you're doing.
- Telling you what to wear and what not to wear.
- Having to be with you all the time.
- Calling you names or belittling you.
- You feel afraid of them.
- Threatening to hurt you, someone in your family, or themselves if you don't do what they want.
- Sexual abuse, shoving, punching, slapping, pinching, hitting, kicking, hair pulling.