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.
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.
- 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.