Red Zone campaign under way on campus

Western Carolina University’s Division of Student Affairs will coordinate WCU’s third annual Red Zone campaign during the fall semester.

The Red Zone refers to the period of time early in students’ first or second years at college during which they are at higher risk of unwanted sexual experiences. Campaign activities sponsored by departments and organizations across campus are designed to educate and empower students to help protect themselves and others from sexual assault.

Red flags, ribbons and posters sponsored by Campus Recreation and Wellness will be displayed across campus in September to raise awareness of the Red Zone. Information regarding sexual assault, red flags in relationships, campus and community resources, and upcoming events will be in the campaign’s “Red Zone Central,” which will be located in the gallery on the second floor of A.K. Hinds University Center through Friday, Sept. 30.

Students, staff and faculty also are invited to make the Red Zone pledge to take a stand against sexual assault and dating violence, and for healthy relationships and respect of all individuals. Those who sign the pledge will be featured on the Red Zone website.

The campus and the community also are invited to attend Red Zone trainings, educational programs and awareness activities that will be held throughout the semester.

Highlighted events include:

  • Red Zone awareness will be highlighted at the Saturday, Sept. 10, home football game vs. Mars Hill College. Awareness information and giveaways will be distributed. Attendees also will have the opportunity to sign the Red Zone pledge.
  • The University Center, in conjunction with the Department of Intercultural Affairs and Department of Residential Living, will sponsor an outdoor movie presentation of the film “Twilight” on Friday, Sept. 16, at 8:30 p.m. on the UC lawn. A discussion of healthy relationships and dating violence will be incorporated into the presentation.
  • The annual Take Back the Night rally and march on campus against sexual assault will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 28, at 7 p.m. starting in the UC Grandroom. Tables with community resources will be set up, and participants who come early will have an opportunity to make a poster to show support during the rally.
  • Tony Porter, co-founder of A Call to Men, will present a keynote speech on “Breaking Out of the Box: Take a Stand Against Gender-Based Violence” on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. in the UC Grandroom. Porter takes participants through notions of masculinity as it relates to the media as well as family and social norms.

For more information and the full calendar of events, visit redzone.wcu.edu or Red Zone Central in the UC, or contact Sarah Carter, associate director of resource services for the Department of Intercultural Affairs, at sacarter@wcu.edu or 828-227-2617.