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At a Party or Bar

While everyone should be able to go out and have a good time, it's important to know that alcohol is involved in many sexual assaults.

  • Drink moderately and know your limits. Limit your alcohol consumption so you maintain an awareness of your surroundings and the people you are with.
  • Do not leave beverages unattended. If it smells or tastes funny, get another drink.
  • Avoid open-container drinks like punch bowls.
  • Eat something. A full stomach can help lower your level of intoxication.
  • Go out with a trusted friend or group, and make sure everyone leaves together.
  • Choose your friends wisely. Surround yourself with irresponsible friends and you may not be as safe as you think.
  • Don't leave a party or go home with someone you don't know well or don't trust.
  • Trust your gut. If a situation doesn't feel right, get out.  Seek out help from friends, other bystanders, party hosts, bartenders, and bouncers.
  • If you can't find a safe and sober ride home, call a USI Safe Ride.

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