Here are some helpful reminders if you’re looking for tips on how to prevent rape.  These nine tips absolutely, positively can prevent many sexual assaults without fail.

1. Don’t get people drunk in order to control their behavior.

2. Don’t pretend to be a caring friend in order to gain the trust of someone you want to assault. If you don’t communicate your intentions, the other person may take that as a sign that you do not plan to sexually assault them.

3. When offering assistance to an inebriated person, remember not to take advantage of the situation and assault them!

4. When you see someone walking by themselves, leave them alone!

5. Remember, consent not readily given the first time is NOT consent. If the person doesn’t excitedly say “Yes!” the first time you ask, be prepared NOT to ask again. You can practice only asking once in the mirror!

6. Remember, people go to laundry rooms to do their laundry. Do not attempt to molest someone who is alone in a laundry room.

7. USE THE BUDDY SYSTEM! If you are not able to stop yourself from assaulting people, ask a friend to stay with you while you are in public.

8. Don’t forget: you can’t have sex with someone unless they are awake!

9. Carry a whistle! If you are worried you might assault someone “on accident” you can hand it to the person you are with, so they can blow it if you do.

With this spin on the popular dialogue surrounding sexual violence, we recognize that while most men are not perpetrators, most perpetrators are men. The majority of sexual violence is men’s against women. It is up to men to end violence against women.


Feminist Students United is joining Project  Dinah’s (http://projectdinah.webs.com/) 24-Hour Rape Free Zone initiative as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month .  A Rape-Free Zone is a community effort to declare a 24-hour truce on rape and demand an end to violence and inequality.

To support this cause is easy: individuals across our University who are participating in the Rape-Free Zone will wear a T-shirt for a 24-hour period from 8am on April 15th to 8am on April 16th that states on the front: “24-hour Rape-Free Zone. Chapel Hill, NC.” The back of the T-shirt features part of a quote by activist Andrea Dworkin, “And on that day, that day of truce… we will begin the real practice of equality.” Below her words, the T-shirt reads, “I am taking a stand against violence” and includes a pledge that states the wearer can sign to declare their support for an end to sexual violence.

For 24-hours, individuals across our campus will wear one T-shirt, one T-shirt that declares our campus and our community is a place where sexual violence is not tolerated. As these people attend their individual classes, go to their jobs, see their friends, and party, they will be impacting hundreds more other people.

Feminist Students United and Project Dinah will be in POLK PLACE on WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13 from 10am – 2pm and in the PIT on THURSDAY, APRIL 14 from 11am – 2pm.  On April 14th, at Project Dinah’s SpeakOut! Against Interpersonal Violence (7pm in the Pit; rain location Bingham 103), T-shirts and pledges will be available for last minute students to pledge to wear the shirt during the Rape-Free Zone the next day.

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