Fall semester is under way for colleges in our area, and as much fun as college can be, sometimes things can go wrong. Studies show that sexual assaults occur more frequently in the fall semester than any other.
This problem is known as the Red Zone. It starts in August and ends in November. According to a study done by Psychology Today, more than 50% of sexual assaults at college take place during this period.
The study says this “Red Zone” period mostly stems from one thing– alcohol. They go on to say that because students are experiencing freedom for the first time, and they could be using alcohol to cope with anxiety, it creates disaster.
Doug Babcock says “alcohol has no place in a relation.”
Working as the director of public safety for St. Michael’s College, he says there shouldn’t be any questions when it comes to safety.
“Having someone who is intoxicated is not an excuse for not getting consent. Or waking up tomorrow and saying ‘well I’m not really sure about that situation.'”
We asked students if they knew what to do if found in a questionable situation. They gave answers that reassured their safety education is paying off.
“I know that they have the emergency posts throughout the campus.”
“We usually take Uber rides so we don’t have to walk in sketchy areas.”
“Call a friend and say that she’s okay, but ask her to pick her up, cause you don’t want random guys– it’s always easy for drunk girls to be targets, so it makes more sense to call a friend and have her pick her up.”
Doug Babcock stressed the importance of having a reliable network of friends.
“Going out in pairs, or in groups, where you know that you have a plan if alcohol is going to be involved. Not only if you’re out running around town, and you have a sober driver, but also having a sober decision maker.”