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Campus Life & Inclusive Excellence

Health & Counseling Center

Gender Violence Prevention and Education

Red Zone

The Red Zone is typically identified as the first 6 weeks of the Fall Quarter, when new students are at a heightened risk for being targeted by perpetrators of sexual assault. The Red Zone is of highest risk because new students have more risk factors and less protective factors, and perpetrators seek out individuals who appear to be more vulnerable.

Staying together if you go out, having a designated sober friend, and addressing concerning behavior (ex. giving a person more drinks if they don't want them/if they are already drunk, separating someone from their group, or trying to get a person alone) can prevent harm from happening.

At DU, we intervene when we see something that looks concerning. We create the community we want to be a part of, one decision at a time. Want to learn more about how to intervene in harmful or risky situations? See how you can be an active bystander!