September 2017: The College “Red Zone”

Back to school is an exciting time that allows incoming college freshman to gain the opportunities of trying a variety of new activities. With the gained freedom of now being independent from their parents, freshmen are free to dictate which activities they join in. While some activities are positive and rewarding, others can be negative such as beginning to consume alcohol. Incoming college freshman are extremely vulnerable to what is known as the college “red zone”. The red zone is defined as a “period of vulnerability for sexual assaults, beginning when freshman first walk onto campus until Thanksgiving break” (Jacobs, 2014).

Women are much more likely to experience a sexual assault early in their college career. The most popular months for sexual assault for freshman women are August, September, October, and November. According to the 2007 Campus Sexual Assault Study, “at least 50% of their [the college students] sexual assaults involved the use of alcohol or other drugs by the perpetrator, victim, or both” (Krebs, Lindquist, & Barrick, n.d.).

Some tips on how to protect yourself from a sexual assault include the following:

  • Remain in a safe and secure environment.
  • When traveling elsewhere, travel with a group of friends and never go off on your own.
  • Never take a drink from anyone. Whether you know the person or not, you do not know what substance could have been placed in the drink while you were not present.
  • Take advantage of the resources on campus. Public Safety offers self-defense classes every semester (RAD).
  • Familiarize yourself with the emergency button (phones) that are placed throughout campus. It does not matter what time of day it is, an officer will come help you.
  • Lastly, know your comfort zone. If at any moment, you begin you feel uncomfortable or have a bad feeling, know you have the right to leave that situation.

~Jessica Fink ‘18

References

Jacobs, P. (2014, July 14). The ‘Red Zone’ Is A Shockingly Dangerous Time For Female College Freshmen. Retrieved September 01, 2017, from http://www.businessinsider.com/red-zone-shockingly-dangerous-female-college-freshmen-2014-7

Krebs, C. P., Lindquist, C. H., & Barrick, K. (n.d.). The Historically Black College and University Campus Sexual Assault (HBCU-CSA) Study. PsycEXTRA Dataset. doi:10.1037/e545562011-001

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