The Red Zone
Here at the University of Denver, we are committed to creating a campus culture where you feel safe, are able to succeed and feel empowered to take a stand against sexual violence. On college campuses, the first few weeks of the academic year are known as the “Red Zone” – when first year students are at a heightened risk for sexual assault.
The Red Zone is of highest risk because a student new to campus has more risk factors and less protective factors in place, and perpetrators seek out individuals who are vulnerable. For example, students may be experimenting with alcohol for the first time and not know what their personal limits are. They also may experience the social anxiety to try fit in in order to make friends, and the pressure to "look cool" by drinking. As a result, these students drink more than they feel comfortable doing or end up drinking beyond their personal limits of control. Perpetrators then seek these intoxicated individuals out in order to take advantage of them when they are vulnerable. In addition, friendships can be a significant protective factor, but first year students new to campus do not have a stable friend group yet. Given this, bystander intervention is less likely to happen where friends could look out for one another.
This fall, let’s take a stand together, let’s speak up and act, and let’s prevent violence from happening in our community. This is our campus and IT’S ON US to ensure our fellow Pioneers are safe and promote a culture of respect and support for the people around us.
Learn how you can be “Be a B.O.S.S.” in a potentially violent situation and register for B.O.S.S. training on Wednesday, Sept. 23 as part of DU’s first ever “DU B.O.S.S. Day.”
Alcohol Awareness Week
National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week is coming up (October 19th-23rd) and the HCC has partnered up with Fraternity and Sorority Life for fun week! We will be outside of Driscoll October 20th and 21st from 10am to 2pm with fun activities and games debunking myths and highlighting alcohol safety tips. In addition, Bobby Gordon will also be coming to speak on October 20th once at 6pm and another time at 730pm. We will finish off the week with a DU after Dark event that involves tie-dying! We hope to see you around!
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