Reclaim Red Zones
As students return to school this fall, schools will roll out their annual sexual assault prevention trainings. The first 6-10 weeks of school is dubbed the “Red Zone,” the time when students are most likely to be sexually assaulted. More than 50% of college sexual assaults occur in either August, September, October, or November, and yet so many schools don’t address this.
It’s typical for schools to emphasize how specifically women are placing themselves in vulnerable situations at risk of being sexually assaulted during the Red Zone. These are harmful victim blaming narratives, and in messaging the Red Zone this way, schools erase many survivors’ experiences and fail to acknowledge that those perpetrating this harm are also students and folks in their school communities. Importantly, students of color, people living with disabilities, LGBTQ folks, and immigrant students are disproportionately harmed by sexual assault at schools. Survivors facing systemic barriers are disproportionately affected by sexual violence and are often those who are silenced.
Schools need to be doing better, and EROC is committed to holding schools accountable and equipping them with the tools to holistically support survivors. This work cannot stop, yet the time for healing is now. We #ReclaimRedZones.
Beginning on Monday, August 26, 2019, EROC’s ten-week #ReclaimRedZones campaign will change the conversation that takes place during the first weeks of school and reframe it as a time for resistance, resilience, and reclaiming. Through this year’s Red Zone, we reclaim parts of life that can be interrupted by sexual violence. For each week, we have a syllabus of super cool resources for you to check out and let us know what you think.
Here’s what we’ve got to look forward to:
Week 1 | Aug. 26 | Reclaim Self Care
Week 2 | Sept. 2 | Reclaim Music
Week 3 | Sept. 9 | Reclaim Stats
Week 4 | Sept. 16 | Reclaim Rest
Week 5 | Sept. 23 | Reclaim Resistance
Week 6 | Sept. 30 | Reclaim The Dark
Week 7 | Oct. 7 | Reclaim Sex
Week 8 | Oct. 14 | Reclaim Education
Week 9 | Oct. 21 | Reclaim Wellness
Week 10 | Oct. 28 | Reclaim Space
Follow the hashtag #ReclaimRedZones to find out more about what we’re reclaiming each week, and to find our great resources on each reclaim topic, also included in the syllabus below! If you want to give us suggestions on what to add to our reclaim syllabus email us at email@example.com or tweet us @endrapeoncampus. We can’t wait to hear what you’re reclaiming this year!