Travel Safety Assault Page

Sexual Assault

Educate and Protect Yourself

  • Always try to stay with a group when exploring and avoid walking alone, especially at night.
  • Create boundaries even if it may seem rude or unfriendly; protecting yourself is important.
  • Remember that you are a visitor in another country.
  • Be conscious of dress customs and standards in your host country.
  • Research social norms before you go and respect the local customs. 

Reporting a Sexual Assault

  • Speak up! Review your options and receive guidance
  • Work with your passport-affiliated embassy to learn more about reporting to local law enforcement while abroad; laws are different and the consequences of reporting can be severe.

Confidential Resources

  • GeoBlue offers 24/7 confidential assistance for both physical and mental health needs.
  • Sexual Assault Support and Help for Americans Abroad (SASHAA) offers 24/7 confidential assistance.
  • Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) has an online chat for support (however, it is not able to provide information about local resources abroad). 
  • The Self-Assessment Tool from the University of Michigan

Sexual Assault Statistics

  • Ninety percent of people who have been sexually assaulted knew their assailant.
  • While abroad, the risk of attempted sexual assault is 3.2% higher and unwanted touching is 4.3% higher compared to a semester on campus.
  • While the majority of reported sexual assault victims are female, 10-20% are men.

Safety Tips

  • Walk with purpose.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Trust your instincts.
  • Be mindful of your alcohol intake.
  • Don’t allow yourself to be isolated with someone you don’t trust or someone you don’t know.