Pause Off! Peer Education Theatre Troupe

DID YOU KNOW? Facts and Tips!

  • Never party alone. Make sure you stick with your friends. Never end up by yourself with people you don’t know.
  • Pre-party planning: Come up with a code word or phrase with your friends before leaving for a party. Use the code if you need a distraction or to get away from someone.
  • Saying “yes” is consent. And there must be a “yes” every single time, even if past consent has been given. “Maybe,” “I don’t know,” or “Some other time” is NOT consent.
  • Be the Good Samaritan: If a situation doesn’t seem right, step in (if it’s physically safe) or create a distraction. It is better to be wrong than to have done nothing at all.
  • You deserve a healthy romantic relationship. If your partner mistreats or abuses you verbally, physically or sexually, separate yourself from the situation and talk to someone about it. There are resources (most are free) available to help you.“resources” link: http://www.niu.edu/health/peergroups/theatretroupe/links/
  • Females are not physically able to drink as much alcohol as males. Know your limits! Click the following links for drink estimator: men and women)“Men” link: http://www.niu.edu/health/drugs/handouts/drink_men.pdf
    “Women” link: http://www.niu.edu/health/drugs/handouts/drink_women.pdf
  • If you are sexually active, always carry a condom with you. The condom can’t protect you if you don’t have it with you.
  • Always ask about a person’s sexual past before starting a physical relationship. If it’s too difficult to talk about, then maybe it’s time to re-think the situation. You could be putting yourself in danger.
  • There is no such thing as “safe sex,” only “safer sex.” There are ways to protect yourself, but some risk always exists.
  • A rapist may be a date, neighbor, boss, co-worker, spouse, or someone you are familiar with. According to the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault, eighty-four percent of victims knew the rapist.
  • If someone comes to you and tells you that they’ve been assaulted, the most important thing to do is listen and believe them.