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The Red Zone

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The Red Zone is the period of time between the beginning of the fall semester and Thanksgiving.

Why is it called the Red Zone? Because there are more sexual assaults on U.S. college campuses during this time than at any other time during the school year. Women in their first year are especially vulnerable to sexual assault during this time.

This is due to several reasons, including:

  • Students are meeting new people and trying to fit in, and they may participate in certain activities for the first time

  • Students have less parental supervision and increased independence, which may lead to certain behaviors such as experimenting with alcohol or other drugs

  • Students may be new to the city, and may be adjusting to a new environment and getting oriented

Remember, if you need support with making friends, getting adjusted to college life or tips on how to have fun safely, there are resources on campus here to help you.

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