How Can You Take Action?
You can play a part in ending gender discrimination and reducing sexual violence on campus (including sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking). Be a leader by empowering yourself with knowledge. Know how to recognize, prevent, and respond to sexual violence and other similar behaviors. YOU can make a positive impact on the SF State community!
If you see something that doesn’t feel right to you, say something! Take these steps if you see a situation that might be unsafe, feels like it’s escalating, or something about it seems wrong.
Trust your intuition
- If you’re unsure about a situation, ask someone! Whether it be a friend, a party host, or even just another person standing nearby. Odds are, if you feel something isn’t right, others around will feel the same way.
Decide to act
- Sometimes students are afraid of getting involved, meddling, or being a “cockblock.” If you’re present, you are already involved. Take a stand by distracting the potential perpetrator or removing the potential victim from the situation.
- Find others to help out! Whether it’s a friend, RA, staff or faculty member, or by calling 911. Do not intervene by making yourself unsafe. There are many ways to step up and speak up without endangering yourself or others!
- Make sure the immediate risk is over, and that everyone is safe.
What Can Men Do?
While men, women, and transgender individuals are all at risk of becoming victims of sexual violence, the research shows that men are most often the perpetrator-- however, most men are not perpetrators! Men can step up and help end sexual violence.
Male college students can make a difference on their campuses by “showing their strength” in different and positive ways. Check out some of these resources from Men Can Stop Rape below:
- Rape as a Man’s Issue (PDF - English); Rape as a Man’s Issue (Espanol) (PDF - Spanish)
- What Men Can Do (PDF)
- Defining the Rules of Sex & Rape (PDF)
- Also check out this flyer: SF State Title IX By the Numbers: Reducing & Eliminating Sexual Violence for several key strategies for prevention that every SF Student can adopt.
Keep Yourself Safe
While victims are never to be blamed for a sexual assault, there are proactive strategies that any SF State student can adopt to reduce their risk for being targeted. Consider the following:
- Effective communication is key when it comes to consent in sexual relationships. Be clear when you mean no and when you mean yes. When in doubt, ask your partner about their wishes.
At night, whenever possible, walk with others.
- SF State offers The C.A.R.E. Program to provide you with escorts to your car or on-campus building at night. CALL 338-7200, then press -0-, and tell the dispatcher where you would prefer to be met. Please allow 10 to 15 minutes for C.A.R.E. to arrive.
- If you must walk alone at night, try to use well‐lit walkways, busier streets, or high‐traffic pathways.
- When working or studying alone in an isolated location, be sure to let friends, family, or roommates, know where you are and when you’ll be home.
- At a bar or party, avoid leaving your drink unattended or accepting drinks from individuals you don’t know. This minimizes the possibility of “date rape” drugs being placed in your drink.
- Drinking alcohol and using drugs can lower your ability to make decisions or sense when something is wrong. Avoid drinking and using drugs when you are in an unfamiliar place or with people you don’t know.
- Trust your instincts: if you get that feeling in the pit of your stomach that something doesn’t feel right or you are in danger, take immediate action to get out of the situation or get to safety. You can always apologize later if you realize you misinterpreted something.
- If you observe parts of campus that might pose a safety concern, like lighting is not working, contact the SF State University Police Department by calling their 24-hour non-emergency number: (415) 338-7200.
- There are a variety of apps that can help you stay connected with friends and family in real-time, like the Circle of 6 app.
Adapted from titleix.sfsu.edu