Remember that sexual assault is NEVER a victim’s fault. Nonetheless, there are some precautions you can take to limit the chances of being targeted as a victim.

Things to remember

A victim is never responsible for a sexual assault. However, there are tips and precautions you can take to minimize your risk of becoming a victim :

Go out with a friend

  • Watch out for each other.
  • Stay together at all times.
  • Don’t let your friend go home alone or with a stranger.

Know your limits and protect yourself

  • Don’t go out on an empty stomach—eat something if you know you’ll be drinking.
  • Drink responsibly—don’t abuse drugs or alcohol.
  • Keep your glass covered with a coaster when you’re not drinking from it.
  • Don’t mix different types of alcohol or drugs.
  • Don’t accept drinks from anyone you don’t know or trust. 
  • Don’t drink from a bottle you didn’t open yourself or watch a bar staff open.
  • Don’t drink from a glass you’ve left unattended or if your beverage looks strange or smells or tastes “off”—best to get a new drink.
  • Don’t mix alcohol with any prescription or over-the-counter drugs.

Contact us

Human Rights Office

1 Stewart St.
(Main Floor – Room 121)
Ottawa, ON, Canada
K1N 6N5

Tel.: 613-562-5222
Email: [email protected]

Office Hours

Monday to Friday, from 8:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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