100 Things You Can Do to Prevent Sexual Assault

Below are statistics about sexual assault. Please read the stats and click the two links to learn more about sexual assault. It’s important to be educated and then know what to do to prevent the violence in your communities.  Also checkout the list of things to do to prevent sexual assault.

Louisiana Foundation Against Sexual Assault

Women Sexual Assault Statistics

  • According to a study conducted by the National Victim Center, 1.3 women ( age 18 and over) in the United States are forcibly raped each minute. That translates to 78 per hour, 1,871 per day, or 683,000 per year.
  • Seventy-five percent of women raped are between the ages of 15 and 21. The average age is 18.
  • Of female Americans who are raped, 54% experience their first rape before age 18.
  • Women with a childhood history of sexual abuse are 4.7 times more likely to be subsequently raped.  

Child Sexual Assault Statistics 

  • 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 6 boys are sexually assaulted before the age of 18..
  • 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually assaulted by age 18
  • Persons under 18 years of age account for 67% of all sexual assault victimization reported to law enforcement agencies. Children under 12 years old account for 34% of those cases and children under six years account for 14% of those cases
  • 1.8 million U.S. Adolescents have been sexually assaulted 
  • Teens 16 to 19 years of age were three and a half times more likely than the general population to be victims of rape, attempted rape, or sexual assault
  • 69% of teen sexual assaults reported to law enforcement occurred in the residence of the victim, the offender, or another individual
  • 24% of sexually active girls younger than 13 years old reported that their first intercourse was non-consensual
  • A survey of high school students found that one in five had experienced forced sex (rape). Half of these girls told no one about the incident 


 AAUW Breaking Through Barriers For Women and Girls


 The 100 Ways to Prevent Sexual Assault is an awesome list of simple things people can do to prevent violence, promote positivity, awareness and responsibility in their communities. We must educate ourselves and then teach those around us. When we know better, we must do better. There is also a resource list at the end of this post.

100 Things You Can Do to Prevent Sexual Assault

1) Respect a person’s right to say no

2) educate yourself on the issues

3) volunteer at your local rape crisis program

4) believe survivors

5) contact your local legislators and political leaders

6) know the statistics

7) trust your gut feeling

8) speak out against all forms of violence

9) respect and embrace diversity

10) avoid blaming the victim

11) believe in equality

12) be aware of how violence is portrayed in the media

13) speak out against the media’s portrayal of violence

14) advocate for more rape prevention education programs

15) admit that it does happen in your community

16) understand that sexual violence affects us all

17) participate in local take back the night events

18) listen

19) stop others from slipping a date rape drug in someone’s drink

20) know that sexual violence is about power and control

21) teach kids how to stay safe

22) advocate for victim’s rights

23) know the laws

24) believe that a safer world is possible

25) attend events sponsored by local rape crisis centers

26) be alert and aware

27) participate in sexual assault awareness month activities

28) teach kids that violence is not the answer

29) put a sexual violence prevention sticker on your car

30) sponsor a fund raiser for your local sexual assault program

31) know that most sex offenders aren’t strangers

32) respect your partner or significant other

33) avoid making threats or using coercion and pressure to get sex

34) be courageous

35) wear a sexual assault prevention t-shirt

36) visit the njcasa.org website

37) support RAINN sponsored concerts and events

38) avoid making assumptions

39) be nonjudgmental

40) speak out against racist, sexist or homophobic jokes

41) be strong

42) start an email campaign

43) know the resources available in your community

44) advocate for more youth violence prevention programs

45) know that it can happen to anyone

46) write a letter to the editor of your newspaper

47) write an article for your school paper or workplace newsletter

48) be safe and aware when on the internet

49) get others to speak out against sexual violence

50) tell your parents what you know about sexual assault

51) create a sexual assault bulletin board

52) stop your sexual advances if the other person says no

53) encourage others to do the same

54) avoid buying music that glorifies sexual violence

55) urge your local radio stations to stop playing music that contains violent lyrics

56) applaud others who speak out against sexual violence

57) invite a speaker from your local rape crisis center

58) pledge to never commit or condone acts of sexual violence

59) stop yourself from taking advantage of someone who is passed out or incoherent

60) call for help if you witness an act of violence

61) get help

62) respect the choices victims and survivors make to survive

63) stop others from taking advantage of someone who is intoxicated

64) respect different lifestyles

65) know that men can be raped

66) empathize

67) know that sexual violence can be a form of domestic violence

68) work towards eliminating oppression of all kinds

69) think globally and act locally

70) open your mind

71) open your eyes

72) open your heart

73) engage others in discussions about sexual violence

74) challenge assumptions

75) break the silence

76) know the rights of victims

77) empower

78) advocate

79) be open to change

80) reach out

81) educate

82) have compassion

83) know that you have the power to make a difference

84) find your voice

85) learn about sexual harassment

86) learn about healthy boundaries

87) notice when someone invades your boundaries

88) get help if you are being sexually harassed

89) report it if you witness sexual harassment in your school or workplace

90) support a friend

91) protect yourself

92) talk about it

93) learn about date rape drugs

94) get the facts

95) tell others

96) stay alert

97) stay aware

98) know your school’s or workplace’s policies on sexual violence and harassment 99) reinforce that rape is never the victim’s fault

100) avoid engaging in, supporting or encouraging sexual harassment



2 Responses to “100 Things You Can Do to Prevent Sexual Assault”

  1. inthemidblogger Says:

    I am 45 now, but when I was a teen, I made some bad choices that put me in a bad position and had unwanted sexual relations. I now have a 2 daughters that are the cusp of being teens. I want to teach them not to do what I did so they know the dangers, but I’ve only just worked through even acknowledging this myself, so I can’t imagine shattering their image of me to tell that what happened to me.
    I love what you say!! More power!

    • joannawillis Says:

      Hi Stacie thanks for your comment. I’m glad you found my post helpful. I am sorry to hear about your sexual assaults but you must know that they were not your fault. It would be a good idea to talk to your daughters about your past experiences when you feel the time is right. They love you and they know that you aren’t the person that you used to be. You can use your situations as learning experiences for them, to educate them, not make them afraid of men. When I was 12 my mom shared with me that at 19 years old she had an abortion. She told me how horrible she felt and that she was receiving her healing. I loved and respected her for her honesty. Now she is using her testimony to educate and encourage other women who had suffered from abortions or face the difficult situation of an unplanned pregnancy. We can’t change our past but we can help others and share our story. You are a strong woman, you are a survivor! God bless you and your girls!!

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