Know what CONSENT means
Consent doesn't have to be verbal but must be a clear communication and given without coercion. It may be retracted at any time.
Force can come in many forms: physical restraint or when the victim is incapacitated. It can also be emotional coercion, manipulation, or intimidation. For more information on consent visit RAINN.org
It is healthy to set boundaries in a relationship. Even before getting into a relationship you should set your own personal boundaries and a method of accountability. Communication is key. You should feel safe sharing your boundaries with your partner. A key sign of an unhealthy relationship is if your partner demeans or disregards your boundaries.
You should feel safe discussing uncomfortable topics with your partner. In a healthy relationship you should be able to state your opinion and work through an issue without feeling dismissed, demeaned, or threatened. Of course, you need to be able to give your partner the same respect.
Go Out in Groups
Arrive together and leave together. Watch out for each other and step in if something doesn't seem right.
Know Your Limits
Don't drink on an empty stomach and drink plenty of water. Be aware of how you are feeling and your personal consumption limits.
Trust Your Instincts
If you feel unsafe or uncomfortable at any point remove yourself from the situation.
Know your Sexual Rights
- The right to make your own decisions about being sexual (or not), regardless of your partner's wishes.
- The right to make your own decisions about birth control and protection from sexually transmitted infections (STIs), regardless of your partner's wishes; the right to make free and responsible reproductive choices.
- The right to stop sexual activity at any time, including during or just before intercourse.
- The right to tell anyone that you are not comfortable being hugged or kissed in certain ways.
- The right to ask a partner if she or he has been examined for sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
- The right to tell a partner what you would like sexually or to tell a partner that you would like to be hugged, cuddled, or touched without sex.
- The right to masturbate.
- The right to sexual autonomy, sexual integrity, and safety of your sexual body.
- The right to sexual privacy.
- The right to sexual equity.
- The right to sexual pleasure.
- The right to emotional sexual expression.
- The right to comprehensive sexuality education.
- The right to sexual information based upon scientific inquiry.
- The right to sexual health care.