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Prevention Tips

Prevention Tips for Women

  • Say no as if you mean no; if you don’t mean no then don’t say it.
  • Be clear, honest and consistent in your verbal communications about sexual desires.
  • Trust your instincts. If you have any hesitations about a man, think carefully about dating him. Pay attention to situations that make you uncomfortable and think of ways to decrease potential problems.
  • Be aware that nonverbal behaviors or actions may be interpreted differently than you intended. That DOES NOT mean it is your fault if you are assaulted.
  • Avoid excessive use of alcohol and/or other drugs

Prevention Tips for Men

  • Understand that forced sex is NEVER acceptable; it is against the law.
  • Accept “no” as “no.” Don’t read other meanings into that word.
  • Know the difference between desire and action. Being sexually aroused does not give you permission to force sex on another.
  • Be responsible for your own sexual limits and actions; they are your responsibility.
  • Realize that dating for a long time, spending money or previous sexual intercourse does not obligate a woman to have sex.
  • Avoid excessive use of alcohol and/or other drugs.
  • Don’t make assumptions. Just because your date welcomes some sexual contact doesn’t mean she wants other types of sexual contact.

The Women's Coalition of St. Croix
P.O. Box 222734
Christiansted, VI 00822-2734

Telephone: (340) 773-9272
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