The Red Zone. The period between the end of August and Thanksgiving break, during which 50% of all sexual assaults on college campuses occur. Bridgewater State University’s Sexual Violence Advocacy and Support Center (SVAS) is working with The Red Flag Campaign to bring awareness to the Red Zone on college campuses.
Walking through University Park or passing Boyden Hall, you may have noticed the lawns are covered with red flags. These are a part of the Red Flag Campaign, an organization with the goal of raising awareness about dating violence.
“It’s actually a national campaign created by college students, college personnel, and community victims in Virginia. The SS center chooses to participate in this because our center’s values align with the campaign’s message and goals,” said Deirdre Atchison (she/her), a graduate assistant at SVAS.
“The Red Flag Campaign encourages community members to speak up when they see warning signs or red flags, such as sexual assault, dating violence, or stalking, in a friends relationship, a classmates, anyone who you might see on campus, or even possibly your own relationships,” Atchison explained, “it also utilizes the bystander intervention strategy to acknowledge and help prevent dating violence and sexual assault as well.”
If you, or someone you know, is experiencing dating violence or sexual assault, the SVAS center is there to support and offer resources for those who need it. “At the center we hope to educate the community and bring awareness to these topics, and to just make sure that people are well educated about warning signs to look out for as well as resources that are available to them,” said Atchison.
The SVAS center is available through an online form as well as in person hours on weekdays and is a completely confidential resource. More information can be found on the SVAS SharePoint Page.