Why Men Should Care

Issues surrounding sexual assault and consent have just as much to do with men as they do with women. If men do not educate themselves about sexual assault and the risks they take when choosing to engage in sexual activity, they can easily find themselves in unclear situations that leave them vulnerable to inquiry by law enforcement. Here are some important things to remember about sexual situations that can reduce risk for you and your partner.

  • Never pursue someone who has had too much to drink. Someone who is drunk cannot legally consent to sex.
  • Respect you date's limits. If you have to convince someone to have sex, bribe, or threaten them, it’s not sex, its sexual assault.
  • Remember that "no" means no, whenever it is spoken, and sometimes when it’s not. There is no time when it is “too late” to say no. You should stop what you are doing immediately when you hear it.
  • If you are not sure about the signs and signals being given to you by your date, ask.
  • Both men and women who find themselves in uncomfortable or unsafe situations should trust their instincts. Get away from the situation as quickly as possible if your gut instinct tells you that something is wrong.
  • Don't be a bystander. If you see or are aware of a situation that could be potentially harmful for either partner, do something. Call 911!
  • Remember the people in your life that could someday be harmed in an unsafe situation, and help stop sexual assault.
  • Remember, sexual assault does not just happen to women; men are also sexually assaulted!