What can people do to reduce the chances of becoming a victim? If you plan to drink at a party, here are some suggestions for keeping yourself safe.

  • Bring your own drinks to parties.
  • Plan to have no alcohol, or a limit of alcohol. Risk of rape is higher when you lose your inhibitions, which can happen with high alcohol intake.
  • At a party, never leave your drink unattended.
  • At a party, keep your hand over the top of your glass to ensure that nothing could be slipped in without you noticing.
  • Don’t drink from punch bowls
  • If someone offers to buy you a drink at a bar, go to the bar with that person to accept the drink. Watch the bartender make the drink, and take it directly from the bartender.
  • Do not drink from something being passed from person to person.
  • Stick with your friends. Don’t separate from them, and don’t go anywhere alone.
  • Watch out for your friends – if they appear to be intoxicated in a short amount of time, take them to a safe place.
  • Go on dates in groups, especially if you are just getting to know your date
  • Always tell someone where you will be going and what time you plan to be back
  • Only drink one type of alcoholic beverage at a party. Mixing alcohol isn’t a good idea.
  • Eat dinner before going out. Don’t drink on an empty stomach.

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