#BreakTheSilence Consent IS important. Your voice IS important.

Sexual Assault is a strong issue that is very present in the college community. 1 in 5 college girls have reported being sexually assaulted. Together, we can decrease this statistic by taking action and working to prevent this from happening to anyone else.

"The night after it happened, he said he thought I liked it because I rubbed his back. A back rub. Never mentioned me voicing consent, never mentioned us speaking, a back rub." - A quote from the victim of the Brock Turner sexual assault.

Consent is not to be taken lightly. It is your basic human right and without it, it is considered rape. The only form of consent, is to say yes. Choice of clothing, body language or level of intoxication are NOT forms of consent.

The definition of consent is NOT something to be changed, or interpreted different.

You tell me...

Solutions

Sexual Assault Can Be Prevented and Fought

Self-Defense Tips on how to fight of your assailant.

Other Self Defense Mechanisms Include:

  • Kubaton: This type of tool is used in many ways, mainly to attack the assailant through means of inflicting harm and providing time to escape.
  • Pepper Spray: One of the most popular forms of self defense and easy to use. This is directed at the eyes with the intention of inflicting harm and impairing sight of the assailant providing time to escape.

Date Rape Nail Polish

The link below provides a solution that is still in its early stages of development, but has the potential to decrease sexual assault reports through detection of date rape drugs.

Helpful Tips That Can Decrease the Risk of Sexual Assault

Disclaimer: While it is not the victim's fault that sexual assault occurs, there are still some things that can be done on their part to reduce their chances of falling victim to this issue. Please know that our intentions are not to blame the victim.

  1. Follow the Buddy System: Always take a friend with you if you're in an unknown environment and stay together. If you accidentally get separate from your group of friends, always plan a spot to meet after, whether its the tree at the front, or back at the car, as long as you all know where it is.
  2. Be cautious of your drink at all times: If you are in an untrustworthy environment, get your own drink, make sure you crack the seal, and don't ever put your drink down.
  3. Make sure that your actions reflect your limits: Be conscious that the message you are sending is the message you want to send, whether positive or negative. Avoid sending mixed signals by aligning your actions (whether positive or negative) with your limits.
  4. Be aware of alcohol's effect on the body: It is completely understandable and okay to drink, just be aware of the effect alcohol can have on your decisions making. Drink responsibly.
  5. Trust your gut: If you have a bad feeling about a situation, leave immediately. When in doubt, leave it out.

Resources for Sexual Assault Victims

Title IX

No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.

Click the button below to find out how to report a Title IX complaint here at Clemson University.

Other Resources

Listen to our podcasts on multiple solutions towards this terrible issue.

REMEMBER: Your voice matters.

Together, we have HOPE.

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Resources for those in need of help.

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