Resource of the Week: The Red Zone: Sexual Violence on College Campuses
Talking Point of the Week: What is the RED ZONE & how can campuses prevent sexual violence?
SARCC staff have been busy attending Back To School Nights, educating first year college students and staff, and getting our prevention programs scheduled at a number of school districts. With all of this busy activity around school settings, let’s take a moment to learn about the RED ZONE.
The Red Zone on College Campuses refers to the time period from the start of the school year until Thanksgiving Break. This roughly 6-week period is the time of year when students are at greatest risk for experiencing on- or off-campus sexual assault. First year students may be at increased risk for this violence, as they navigate new social connections, housing situations, and the freedom of the college environment.
Alcohol-facilitated sexual assault is especially common during this time period. People who perpetrate violence may use alcohol to fuel their “courage” to commit these crimes. They may also target potential victims who are under the influence of substances intentionally.
Our partners on college campuses work closely with our SARCC staff and volunteers to educate new students and share information about preventing Red Zone violence and how to access support and resources on campus. This can include SARCC hotline, Counseling services, chaplains, Title IX Coordinators, Public Safety, Health Services, and local police. Survivors of violence have many options and there is no wrong way to start your healing journey. Students and staff can serve as active bystanders to prevent sexual violence, harassment, and other problematic behavior on campus.