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Health Tip: Protecting Yourself From Sexual Assault

(HealthDay News) -- No one can prevent all instances of sexual assault. But the U.S. Office on Women's Health says there are things you can do to stay safer.

Here are the agency's suggestions:

  • Get to know someone well before spending time alone with him or her.
  • Go to events with friends, and leave together.
  • Meet a first date or new friend in a public place.
  • Listen to your instincts and leave immediately if you don't feel safe.
  • Be aware of your alcohol or drug use.
  • Do not allow others to get you a drink. The other person could put drugs or alcohol in your beverage without you knowing it.
  • Get help right away if you feel drunk and haven't consumed any alcohol, or if the effects of alcohol feel stronger than usual.
  • If you're in college, stay in lighted areas at night, or ask a friend or campus security to go with you.
  • Know all available resources on campus, such as a sexual assault center and campus police. Memorize the number for campus security, or program it into your cell phone.