Updated: Sep 19, 2022
Every year, college campuses across the country welcome a new crop of freshmen students. For many of these students, it will be the first time they are living away from home and attending classes on their own. While the college experience is supposed to be a time of growth and discovery, there is one dangerous aspect of campus life that all students should be aware of: the red zone.
The "red zone" refers to the time between a freshman's arrival on campus and fall break. During this period, national statistics have shown that freshmen are more likely to be sexually assaulted. In fact, 1 in 5 women will be sexually assaulted while in college. For many students, the red zone can be a scary and dangerous time.
While the red zone is a danger for all students, there are certain things that make freshmen more vulnerable. For many students, it is their first ti
me away from home and they may not know how to protect themselves. They may also be trying to fit in and may go along with things that they would not normally do. Additionally, drinking and drug use are often rampant during the red zone as students let loose and party before classes get too demanding. Alcohol and drugs can play a role in sexual assaults as they can make people more vulnerable and less able to defend themselves.
So what can you do to stay safe during the red zone? The most important thing is to be aware of your surroundings at all times. Be careful about leaving your drink unattended and never leave your drink with someone you don't trust. If you feel like you are in danger, don't hesitate to ask for help from a friend or Campus Safety. Additionally, it is always important to use condoms if you are sexually active to help reduce your risk of getting STDs.
The red zone can be a dangerous time for all college students, but there are things you can do to stay safe. Be aware of your surroundings at all times and don't hesitate to ask for help if you feel like you are in danger. If you are sexually active, always use condoms to help reduce your risk of getting STDs. By following these safety tips, you can help make sure that your college experience is a positive one.