The ‘Red Zone’ refers to the period of time early in students’ first or second years at college during which they are at higher risk of experiencing sexual violence, coercion, and/or manipulation.
The Red Zone Awareness Campaign seeks to educate Western Carolina University students, faculty, and staff about what it means to have healthy relationships, the importance of consent, and how to access resources on campus. Red Zone also serves to bring awareness to the dangers of sexual violence and the power of using your voice to speak up when you see violent behavior occurring. WCU strives to create a culture in which sexual violence is not tolerated. Visit Safe at WCU to learn more about what to do if you, or someone you know, experience sexual violence.
Wednesday, August 23rd - What is Red Zone? Info Table
10am-2pm, UC Lawn
Wednesday, September 6th - Consent and Chill
Free frozen treats all day! Ask your RA or visit ICA, UC 227
Wednesday, September 6th - What is Red Zone? Info Table
10am-2pm, UC Lawn
Wednesday, September 13th - Gallery Giveaways
8am-8pm, ICA Gallery, 2nd floor UC
Wednesday, September 20th - RAD Express Self Defense Training
2-3pm, ICA Lounge, UC 227
Wednesday, September 27th - Step Up! Bystander Intervention Training
2-4pm, UC Catamount, 215
What is consent'?
An understandable exchange of affirmative words or actions, which objectively indicate a willingness to participate in mutually agreed upon activity. Consent must be informed and freely and actively given. The lack of a negative response is not consent. An individual who is incapacitated by alcohol and/or drugs (voluntarily or involuntarily consumed) cannot give consent. Past consent for any activity does not imply ongoing future consent. An individual who is unable to give consent as defined by law cannot give consent (examples include, but are not limited to, individuals under the age of consent, individuals who have disabilities which limit their ability to give consent, etc.).
How does consent work in real life?
When you’re engaging in sexual activity, consent is about communication. And it should happen every time. Giving consent for one activity, one time, does not mean giving consent for increased or recurring sexual contact. For example, agreeing to kiss someone doesn’t give that person permission to remove your clothes. Having sex with someone in the past doesn’t give that person permission to have sex with you again in the future.
You can change your mind at any time.
You can withdraw consent at any point if you feel uncomfortable. It’s important to clearly communicate to your partner that you are no longer comfortable with this activity and wish to stop. The best way to ensure both parties are comfortable with any sexual activity is to talk about it.
Positive consent can look like this:
Consent does NOT look like this:
(Adapted from RAINN)
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any education program or activity that receives federal funding. Under Title IX, discrimination on the basis of sex can include and form of sexual violence, sexual misconduct, and/or sexual assault. As a student, the federal government guarantees, and WCU supports, certain rights for those that have experienced sexual violence:
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