If you or someone you know is in crisis, contact the Military Crisis Line or call 911: 1-800-273-8255, press 1 or Text 83825

Preventing the Unthinkable: Sexual Assault

It’s the situation you don’t want to think about. You’re laughing, having a drink and before you know it, you or someone you know crosses a line you never thought would happen. Or you think everything is fine when suddenly a friend makes an unwanted sexual advance toward you.

Did you know that alcohol is involved in most sexual assaults, either by the offender or the victim, or both?

Alcohol in no way causes sexual assault, but even a drink or two can lead you to do something you can’t take back. That’s why it’s important to know what you can do to keep yourself and others safe while enjoying a few beverages.

What can you do? 

  • Own your limit. Everyone’s limit is different. If you aren’t sure of your limit or you’re worried about going over your limit, ask a friend to tell you if you should stop drinking. Later, you can return the favor.
  • Drink with people you trust. Remember though, even friends you trust may overstep boundaries when they are drinking.
  • Slow down. Think about how you feel as you are drinking. If you feel you have had too much, slow down, drink some water, stop drinking or have a friend take you home.
  • Have a plan…and a back-up plan. Things don’t always go the way you think they will. Make sure you have a safe way home or to a trusted friend’s place.
  • Trust your gut. If something doesn’t feel right, get out of that situation.
  • Cut back. If you know that drinking puts you at risk for making decisions you can’t take back, it’s okay to say no.

If you are affected by sexual assault, get help 24/7 at the DoD Safe Helpline or call 877-995-5247 to talk to someone. All services are anonymous and confidential. You can also use the app, get group support or find resources in your local community.

If you or someone you know is in crisis, contact the Military Crisis Line or call 911: 1-800-273-8255, press 1 or Text 83825