Safety in Dating

"Date rape" is the act of forced sex on a date. The perpetrator could be anyone you go out with: an acquaintance, classmate, co-worker, neighbor, or partner. Be concerned about sexual assaults that occur on dates because this is a serious crime. Many times, these assaults are committed by a seemingly "nice" person whom the victim knows well.

Only the perpetrator can put an end to sexual assault. However, here are some practical steps you can take to help you protect yourself against sexual assaults in dating situations:

  • Express clearly what you want and what you do not want in terms of physical intimacy. Make your limits known before your enter a relationship.
  • Avoid secluded places. Stay away from isolated locations such as parks or deserted areas. Suggest a public meeting place. The less you know someone, the more public the meeting place should be. Blind dates and dates created from a distance (e.g. meeting people on-line) should always occur in public places. Be aware of alcohol and other drugs. It is much harder for you to control yourself or others in a situation if you are under the influence of any substance. Be aware of how much your date drinks.
  • Leave information about who you are meeting, where you are going, and when you expect to return with a trusted person.
  • Arrange for a trusted person to check in with you during the date, especially for those with people you don't know well. A check in can take place as a phone call, text, or in person during the date.

Page last updated 11:45 AM, March 18, 2019