In the Red Zone: Preventing Sexual Assault on Campus

The Center for Health Education and Wellness wants the university community to help change the statistics of sexual assault on college campuses.

redzoneRed Zone is a term commonly used to describe the period in the fall semester when students are statistically more at risk for sexual assault. Students are in the Red Zone now, from the start of school until Thanksgiving break.

The Red Zone can be unique to a social group and may take place at different time of  year. Social activities, traditions, and events contribute to students’ at-risk phase.

The Center for Health Education and Wellness is hosting Red Zone pop-up installations. These displays will teach students, faculty, and staff critical information about sexual assault on college campuses. Participants are encouraged to pledge to Speak UP! for their fellow Vols by signing the 150-yard Red Zone carpet. Students, faculty, and staff who sign the Red Zone pledge receive a “consent is not” t-shirt that they are encouraged to wear every Tuesday through September.

Students may also enter into our Red Zone social media contest. The most creative “T-Shirt Tuesday” photo posted each Tuesday on social media will win a gift bag.  A new winner will be chosen every Wednesday through September 27.

Follow @VolsHelpVols to find out where the installation will be each week.

 

The Red Zone pop-up installation dates are:

  • August 22
  • August 29
  • September 6
  • September 12
  • September 19
  • September 26

Faculty and staff have an important role to play in a culture that truly lives up to the “Vols Help Vols” culture. Sexual assault is a community-wide issue. Faculty and staff can support students by knowing the resources on campus where students can access support or request training. Faculty can incorporate active learning opportunities related to changing the statistics through classroom discussion, assignments, projects, or attending events.