Title IX Victim Resources
Risk Reduction Tips
- If you have limits, make them known before things go too far.
- Tell a sexual aggressor “NO” clearly and loudly, like you mean it.
- Try to extricate yourself from the physical presence of a sexual aggressor.
- Grab someone nearby and ask for help.
- Be responsible for your alcohol intake/drug use and realize that alcohol/drugs
lower your sexual inhibitions and may make you vulnerable to someone who
views a drunk or high person as a sexual opportunity.
- Watch out for your friends and ask that they watch out for you. A real
friend will get in your face if you are about to make a mistake. Respect
them if they do.
- If you find yourself in the position of being the initiator of sexual behavior,
you owe sexual respect to your potential partner.
These suggestions may help you to reduce your risk for being accused of
- Don’t Make Assumptions. About consent. About someone’s sexual
availability. About whether they are attracted to you. About how far you
can go. About whether they are physically and mentally able to consent to you.
- Clearly communicate your intentions to your sexual partner and give them
a chance to clearly relate their intentions to you.
- Mixed messages from your partner should be a clear indication that you
should step back, defuse the sexual tension, and communicate better. Perhaps
you are misreading them. Perhaps they haven’t figured out how far
they want to go with you yet. You need to respect the timeline with which
they are comfortable.
- Don’t take advantage of someone’s drunkenness or drugged state,
even if they did it to themselves.
- Realize that your potential partner could be intimidated by you, or fearful.
You may have a power advantage simply because of your gender or size.
Don’t abuse that power.
- Understand that consent to some forms of sexual behavior does not necessarily
imply consent to other forms of sexual behavior.
- On this campus, silence and passivity cannot be interpreted by you as an
indication of consent. Read your potential partner carefully, paying attention
to verbal and non‐verbal communication and body language.
- Communicate that the behavior is unacceptable without embarrassing the
- Name or identify inappropriate behavior so it isn’t just glossed
over or ignored.
Protect someone from being hurt or offended and someone else from giving
offense or harm.
Make it clear that such behavior is not acceptable in this community.
- Help someone who has been hurt or offended, and/or prevent further injury
See that the situation is handled by those best able to cope.
Make people responsible for this class, department, residence, office,
etc. aware of what is going on.
Community College Counselor
Near Jersey City Campus:
Jersey City, NJ Medical Center
355 Grand Street, Jersey City, NJ 07302
Near Belleville, NJ Campus
1 Clara Maass Dr., Belleville, NJ 07109