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The ‘Red Zone’: Not just a football term

Kate Hibbard
Managing Editor
khibbard@lhup.edu

It’s that time of year again – sexual assault season.

Otherwise known as the Red Zone, the period between the start of a college year up until Thanksgiving break tends to have the highest rates of sexual assault on college campuses, according to studies by the Journal of American College Health, the Department of Justice and others.

Photo courtesy of businesszone.com

Photo courtesy of businesszone.com

The risks of sexual assault during the Red Zone are so high for a multitude of reasons.

  •      Students use this time to try to meet new people and participate in different activities for the first time.
  •      There is less parental supervision and control, leading to increased independence and, ultimately, experimenting with new things.
  •      Students may be in a new environment.

From 2011 to 2013, LHU’s main campus had 14 reported forcible sexual offences – that’s 14 cases of rape, sodomy or sexual assault. Assaults happen year-round and not every case gets reported.

That is why it’s so important for students to become educated on how to stay safe as well as protect others.

  •      Learn about legal consent. If you are making unwelcomed or unreciprocated advances, stop.
  •      Realize that we are humans – regardless of clothing, alcohol/drug consumption or actions. Humans are not to be made into objects. Humans do not simply exist for the pleasure of others.
  •      Do not be a bystander. If you see or hear someone in distress, call for help. If a friend is putting him/herself into a dangerous situation, talk to him/her about it.
  •      Remember the buddy system.

If you have any questions about sexual assault or if you or someone you know has suffered an assault, please contact a professional who can help. Sexual assault continues to happen because people are afraid to talk about it.

Students should also familiarize themselves with public safety’s Sexual Assault Response Guarantee, which can be found at http://www.lhup.edu/students/campus_safety/sexual_assualt_response.html.

The following resources are available to students:

Clinton County Women’s Center, 570-748-9509

LHU’s Hope Center in Ulmer Suite 100, 570-484-2111

LHU’s Office of Social Equity in J205 East Campus, 570-484-2033

Public Safety in Glennon, 570-484-2278 or dial 711 in an emergency

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