Meeting in Person
Meet in Public and Stay in Public
Meet for the first few times in a populated, public place, never at a private residence. If your date pressures you to go to a private location—end the date.
Tell Friends and Family About Your Plans
Tell a friend or family member of your plans, including when and where you are going. Have your cell phone charged and with you at all times.
Be in Control of Your Transportation
We want you to be in control of how you get to and from your date so that you can leave whenever you want. If you are driving yourself, it’s a good idea to have a backup plan such as a ride-share app or a friend to pick you up.
Know Your Limits
Be aware of the effects of drugs or alcohol on you specifically—they can impair your judgment and your alertness. If your date tries to pressure you to use drugs or drink more than you’re comfortable with, end the date, and report the behavior immediately.
Don’t Leave Drinks or Personal Items Unattended
Know where your drink comes from and know where it is at all times—only accept drinks poured or served directly from the bartender or server. Many substances that are slipped into drinks to facilitate sexual assault are odorless, colorless, and tasteless.
Keep your phone, purse, wallet, and anything containing personal information on you at all times.
Leave If You Feel Uncomfortable
It is okay to end the date early if you’re feeling uncomfortable. In fact, it is encouraged. If your instincts are telling you something is off or you feel unsafe, ask the bartender or server for help.
If you feel you are in immediate danger, need emergency assistance, or have been the victim of an assault call 911 (U.S. or Canada) or your local law enforcement agency.