When it comes to sexual violence prevention, it is quite common for prevention strategies to be directed at potential victims instead of those who choose to use abusive behaviours.
For this reason, those strategies have been ineffective at preventing sexual violence as a complex social issue. Traditional prevention tips tend to be directed at women in particular. For example:
- Don’t go out late at night
- Cover your drink or don’t get drunk
- Don’t wear revealing clothing
- Walk in groups or stay near your friends
- Don’t find yourself alone with someone you don’t know
- Take self-defence classes
Individuals have a right to do what makes them feel safe. However, these individual risk-reduction strategies will not prevent sexual violence overall as they are not focused on influencing the behaviours of potential offenders.