The best way to prevent sexual violence is to be sure you have consent for any sexual act. Each individual is responsible for ensuring they have affirmative consent that has been freely given.
Ways you can prevent sexual assault:
- Communicate well. Listen to your partner. If they are quiet or not responsive, ask them if they want you to continue. If they don't give you affirmative consent, stop.
- Be an active bystander. Keep an eye out for each other. If you see someone who looks like they are in a situation they don't want to be in, try to step in to give them an opportunity to leave the situation. Additionally, if you see one of your friends in a situation with another person who isn't in to it as well, step in to remove your friend from the situation.
- Set a good example. Don't engage in behaviors that are harassing or discriminatory in nature and don't tolerate when those around you engage in those behaviors.
- Get consent. Above all, be sure you have affirmative consent that is given willingly. Remember that consent can be withdrawn at any time, and consent for one act does not mean consent for another.