The start of another school year means many things — new classes, new opportunities and new Kappa sisters. It also marks the start of a six-week period on college campuses called the Red Zone. During these six weeks, students are at the highest risk of experiencing sexual violence compared to the rest of the academic year. First-year students and college women are especially at risk. Read the tips below from the National Panhellenic Conference on how to keep your sisters and yourself safe during #TheRedZone.
- Be true to yourself and go with your gut. If something doesn’t feel right or you feel unsafe, trust your instincts.
- It's common for victims of sexual violence to know their attacker. Always clearly communicate your intentions and limits.
- Intervene. If a friend needs help, create a distraction, ask directly, refer to an authority or enlist the assistance of others.
- Be aware of your surroundings. Try not to walk around at night alone. Always use well-lit paths.
- Be prepared. Whether it’s for your home, car or workplace, have your key out and ready to use before you reach the door.
For more back-to-school safety tips, click here.