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What Is “The Red Zone?”

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Studies show that the most dangerous time to be a college student is the weeks between Freshman orientation and Thanksgiving break. Nicknamed “the Red Zone,” this time frame encompasses the largest count of sexual assault cases on a college campus. During this time, rapists take advantage of new students due to their unfamiliarity with their new environment and willingness to make new friends and meet new people. New students are warned to be extra cautious and keep their wits about them at this time. However, as Sandra Fluke wrote in her Refinery29 article: “We should not accept this as the status quo; it doesn’t need to be inevitable. Our friends and sisters entering college shouldn’t have a target on their backs.” Although women are continuously reminded on how to conduct themselves to avoid an attack, one finds a discrepancy in the education of young males regarding assault. Universities hold some of the highest rape statistics, with 1 in 5 women experiencing some form of sexual assault on campus each year. Until the conversation of sexual assault is brought beyond blaming women for their attacker’s choices, no solution will be found. More than 30% of colleges provide no sexual assault education. Recognizing the “Red Zone” as a fact is simply not enough to alter the rhetoric that contributes to an ongoing pattern of rape, slut shaming, blame, and guilt. Instead, action must be taken to teach incoming students about consent, so that the vicious cycle may be broken.

Let the education start here! If you have any questions regarding consent and how it works, check out this video:  https://youtu.be/pZwvrxVavnQ

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