Prevention & Resources
Be safe, be informed, and learn how to step up and stand up for yourself and others.
General Safety Tips
We encourage you to protect yourself and others whenever possible. Understand that no matter how safe or unsafe you are, sexual violence is not your fault.
Taking these actions may increase your safety and the safety of others.
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Listen to your intuition. If you feel like something is wrong, it probably is. Try to get out of the situation.
- Don't be afraid to make a scene and yell, scream, or run for protection. Some people’s physiological response may not be to fight, if that is the case, if possible ask to use the restroom or cause a distraction.
- Remember, alcohol and drugs can impair perceptions of and reactions to situations. Be especially careful when you drink, and when you're with someone who has been drinking. Remember that someone who is intoxicated cannot give consent by IU’s definition. If you aren’t sure you have a “yes,” then try and remove your friend from the situation and don’t engage in sexual activity.
- Watch your beverage at all times. Date rape drugs are tasteless, colorless, and odorless. People often don't know they have ingested these drugs until the effects are well under way.
- Go with a group of friends when you go out to a party or to the bars, and look out for each other.
- Speak up or call authorities if you see someone who could be in trouble. Under Indiana’s Lifeline Law, people younger than 21 who are under the influence of alcohol will not be prosecuted for crimes such as possession, intoxication or consumption of alcohol if they call 911 for medical help for another person or in cases of sexual assault and cooperate with police.
It's On Us to create a safe, supportive, and inclusive IU community. Helping in potentially harmful incidents is part of that responsibility. Follow these steps when someone appears to be vulnerable to sexual violence. If you see something, say something!
- Notice the event. Pay attention to your surroundings.
- Interpret the event as a problem. Recognize that someone is being taken advantage of, vulnerable, or in danger. When in doubt, trust your gut, and step up to help at the at the earliest possible point.
- Take personal responsibility to help. If you don't help, it is unlikely that anyone else will.
- Decide how you are going to help. Try not to put yourself at risk or make the situation worse. There are many ways to help in different situations.
- Help! Take action and intervene to help prevent or respond to problematic situations at the earliest possible point. If you are not able to fully able to step up and help in a situation, consider responding by asking the person or persons involved if they need help or assistance, contacting the police, or seeking out others for assistance.
Types of Intervening/Helping
- Direct intervention: Directly addressing the situation in the moment to prevent harm. Examples of helping directly include talking to the person or removing them from the situation.
- Delegation: Ask other people to help you. This may be someone who is in a role of authority, such as a police officer or campus official.
- Distraction: Interrupting the situation without directly confronting someone by causing a distraction. Examples include spilling your drink, or distracting the individuals who may be involved in the situation by asking a question, causing a scene, or ordering pizza.
For more on the laws that address sexual violence, and for more ways to prevent sexual violence, explore the following resources. Get to know the IU policies, learn the sexual violence key terms, and understand the university's stance against sexual violence.
Join IU by taking the pledge. It's On Us is a national awareness campaign administered by The White House to end sexual assault on college campuses.
Download the IU It's On Us campaign package.
Resources for how to respond to and prevent sexual assault on college and university campuses
Resources for reducing violence against women, administering justice, and strengthening services for victims
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