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Risk Reduction

While learning about risk reduction strategies can be a helpful first step in understanding the context of violence, it is never meant to attribute blame to victims for not having recognized signs of abuse. The perpetrator of abuse and violence is always the one responsible and should never be excused due to a victim’s behavior, decisions or judgments. Offering risk reduction information is meant to provide an educational foundation for recognizing signs of abuse, not just for those who may be at risk of experiencing it, but to help our community understand, recognize and acknowledge the behaviors as harmful.



Although there are no proven strategies for “preventing” sexual assault or rape, several risk-reduction strategies are recommended. The following information is provided by RAINN, the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization:


  • The “Get Help” section of Cornell’s Caring Community website has an extensive list of resources related to safety and well-being.
  • Cornell’s Group Misconduct site can help students make informed decisions about joining various groups on campus.