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Prevention Tips

Sexual assault is never the fault of the victim. If you've been assaulted, know that it is not your fault. Although sexual assault prevention is never perfect, here, are some things everyone should consider:

Giving and Receiving Consent:
  • Always make sure you have a clear and enthusiastic yes.
  • The absence of no does not indicate consent.
  • People incapacitated by alcohol or drugs cannot give consent.
  • Consent cannot be given if a person is compelled or coerced.
  • Practice being assertive about whether you want to have sex or not.
  • Consent is ongoing and is needed for each intimate behavior, every time.

Texas Tech Definition of Consent

Mutually understandable words or actions, actively communicated both knowingly and voluntarily, that clearly conveys permission for sexual activity. Consent cannot be compelled or coerced.

  • The initiator of the sexual activity is responsible for gaining consent.
  • Consent can be revoked by ANY party/participant at any time.
  • Consent is a process that must be continuous throughout the intimate encounter.
    • Must clearly express consent ,either verbally or through their actions.
    • Are voluntary, active, and communicative.
    • Have the legal capacity to engage.
    • Are not incapacitated to drugs, alcohol, asleep, or in any other state of mental/physical incapacitation.
    • Must be of age to give consent.  

If you see somebody who is too drunk to give consent, help them. Intervene to make sure they are not being taken advantage of. Never leave a drunk friend alone.

If you see others engaging in disrespectful or inappropriate actions, speak up, step up, get involved, or contact someone else to assist.

  • Individuals who devalue people, sex, and discriminate other genders, are very likely to commit these acts.
  • Confront these negative attitudes in a clear, non-aggressive manner. 
  • Do not be a passive bystander to others' illegal or unsafe behaviors.

Sexual assault is most likely to be committed by an intimate partner, friend, or acquaintance.

  • These types of assaults are the least likely to be reported.
  • Weapons are used in only 11% of sexual assaults.

 If you see something unusual or unsafe call the police immediately.

What if something happens to me or my friend?

Seek medical help. You have the most options if you go within the first 96 hours.

Need someone to talk to? Contact the Title IX Case Manager by visiting the office: at SUB 232E or calling 806.834.5556 or 806.742.7233. Call the Student Counseling Center or TTU Crisis HelpLine (806.742.5555).

Considering filing a report? Students have several options. Visit the Title IX website to review your options. You can also pursue a criminal investigation through the TTU Police Department. You can choose to file one, both, or none at all.

Resources are still available to you, even if you decide not to file a report.

How do I support someone who has been assaulted/hurt? 

BELIEVE THEM! Strong responses are important. You may be the first and only person the victim tells. If they don't have a supportive response, it can deter them from seeking help.

Listen to hear, not respond. It's not your job to get all the details of what happened to them, or ask personal questions. Listen with empathy and care, and avoid judgement

Ask about needs. Victims (survivors) typically need control and support. Ask the person what they need or might need. Confirm your willingness to help them through the process as little or as much as they need. If you cannot help them – refer them to someone who can!

Check-in periodically. This event could have happened a long time ago, but it doesn't mean the pain is gone. Help the survivor understand you care about their well-being. Think time/place/manner – it is important to check in, appropriately.

Self-care. Helping others in need can be difficult; make sure you also do wellness self-check-ins often so you can also stay healthy mentally and know when to get support for yourself! If you're feeling overwhelmed don't be afraid to reach out to a mentor, adviser, counselor or RISE!

Still don't quite understand this topic, or have questions? Contact a professional staff member at the RISE office or Request a Sexual Assault and Consent workshop. Call (806.742.2110), email (rise@ttu.edu), DM (@tturise), or come by the RISE office (Drane 247).