Sexual Assault Resources
- ASAP - 24 hour Confidential Hot Line - 970-351-4040
- SAVA - Sexual Assault Victim Advocate Center - 970-506-4059
- 24 Hour Rape Crisis Hotline - 970-472-4200 or 877-352-7273
- National Domestic Violence Hotline - 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
- RAINN - Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network - 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)
- Transportation options to Northern Colorado Medical Center for SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Exam) - 970-351-4040
Reduce your Chance of Becoming a Victim of Sexual Assault
Self protection actions such as weaponless attacking, running, hiding, getting help, or struggling seems to decrease the risk of rape completion by 80%. Other prevention measures include:
- Know your alcohol limits - Over half of sexual assaults committed against college students involve alcohol. Intoxication can make you significantly more vulnerable; impairing your judgment or inhibiting your physical ability to fight and you are at higher risk for incapacitation, blackouts, or unconsciousness.
- Watch your drinks - Take your drink to the restroom with you. Never drink a beverage that has been given to you by someone else or taken from a communal alcohol source like a punch bowl.
- Trust your gut - If you get a bad feeling, leave immediately. If something feels very wrong or you feel pursued, head in the direction of the nearest crowd, lighted area or building. Start talking loudly on your phone. Many attackers are unwilling to pursue victims who are aggressive or loud, which draws attention to the crime.
- Stick with your friends - Attend social gatherings with a group of friends that you trust. Look out for each other and make sure everyone arrives home safely. If you do go out alone, always tell someone where you are going and avoid unlit walkways and choose well traveled roads.