Verbal Self-Defense Against Rape, Sexual Assault

April 29, 2010

Most rapes, sexual assaults are committed by somebody we know. Learn how to say NO.

Our voice is frequently our first line of defense in a confrontation. Plus, at least 78% of rapes are committed by somebody we know — coworkers, neighbors, relatives, boyfriends, husbands. For acquaintance rape, setting clear boundaries is particularly important. A good, loud NO is a valuable weapon.

Sometimes it’s not easy to say NO. It may take practice, but it’s worth it. You are strong. You can say NO. We all can.

But there’s more to NO. We must also say NO to those things in our world that allow rape to happen. If our NO is strong and consistent, the world will hear us. Here are a few examples of ways to make your NO heard:

Say NO to remarks that put down women, children, sexual minorities, and other vulnerable populations

Say NO to pictures of women as weak and unable to defend themselves

Say NO to entertainment that confuses sex and violence

Say NO to depictions of rape that are sensationalized, minimized, or otherwise offensive

Say NO to advertising that uses women’s bodies to sell goods

Say NO to laws and politics that don’t support ending sexual violence

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  1. June 7, 2011 at 9:38 PM

    I fully agree with this message! It is amazing that not ALL men but some I have known feel as it is necessary to feel empowerd they have to be CONTROLING men. And if a woman does not stand up and say NO; to sexual assault, domestic violence, or child abuse…then ultimately what do you stand for? I’ve been through more then my share of being the “victim” and I refuse to be that again. But it starts with “NO” NO I will not put up with your controlling nature, NO you will NOT harm my children, NO I will not be your slave to do with as you please. Like I said I am raising 4 and the first word most children learn is the word “NO” yet amazing how quickly an overbearing man,woman, or bully can make that word dissapear from memory. To every woman, daughter and even men endure this as well… NO! is very powerful… forgetting it is a crime. No one was put on this earth to be a “Victim” don’t allow it to happen to you because you can best believe if you do; when it happens to your children there is NO worse feeling!

  1. May 6, 2010 at 9:27 PM
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