If Someone is Pressuring You
If you need to get out of an uncomfortable or scary situation here are
some things that you can try:
Remember that being in this situation is not your fault.
You did not do anything wrong, it is the person who is making you
uncomfortable that is to blame.
true to yourself. Don't feel obligated to do
anything you don't want to do. "I don't want to" is always a good enough
reason. Do what feels right to you and what you are comfortable with.
Have a code word with your friends or family so
that if you donít feel comfortable you can call them and communicate your
discomfort without the person you are with knowing. Your friends or family can
then come to get you or make up an excuse for you to leave.
Lie. If you donít want to hurt the personís
feelings it is better to lie and make up a reason to leave than to stay and be
uncomfortable, scared, or worse. Some excuses you could use are: needing to
take care of a friend or family member, not feeling well, having somewhere
else that you need to be, etc.
Try to think of an escape route. How would you try
to get out of the room? Where are the doors? Windows? Are there people around
who might be able to help you? Is there an emergency phone nearby?
you and/or the other person have been drinking, you
can say that you would rather wait until you both have your full judgment
before doing anything you may regret later.
What should I do if I am sexually assaulted?
Sexual assault is a crime of motive and opportunity. Ultimately, there is no
surefire way to prevent an attack. If you or someone you know has been affected
by sexual violence, itís not your fault. You are not alone. Contact The Hubbard
Township Police Department at 330-675-2730 or dial 911, or you can get help that
is available 24/7 through the National Sexual Assault Hotlines at
1-800.656.HOPE, and online at