BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (IUSTV News) – IU Student Government hosted a panel last Wednesday on the red zone for students concerned with sexual assault on campus.
The red zone is the time between mid-August and Thanksgiving when sexual assaults on a college campus are at their highest. The panel included IU students and faculty who talked about how to support survivors, how to report assaults, and how to prevent them.
Sam Hammet, one of the faculty panelists from the Office of Sexual Violence Prevention and Victim Advocacy, said it often just takes one person stepping in when they see something wrong.
“I will preach it from the rooftops as long as I’m allowed: bystander intervention like we have to take care of each other,” Hammet said. “We have to be willing to be a little awkward and a little uncomfortable and step into a problematic situation.”
The current number of reported sexual assaults at IU during this year’s red zone is now at seven.