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What is “The Red Zone”?

The “red zone” is shorthand for the first six weeks at the beginning of the school year when a disproportionate number of campus sexual assaults take place. The Department of Justice has identified the period between students’ arrival on campus in late August and Thanksgiving break as the stretch of time when a student is more likely to be assaulted than at any other point in their college career.

Why is it called the Red Zone? 

Because it is believed that there are more sexual assaults on U.S. college campuses during this time than any other time during the school year.

*This does NOT mean that sexual assaults do not happen at other times of the year* 

 

Week 1: Resources - September 2 -8, 2018

Monday, September 3

  • University Welcome & Featured Speaker: Elaine Pasqua, 8:40-10:30am, Kolf
  • Rec Fest, 2:00-4:00 pm, RecPlex
    • Find information about resources at co-sponsors’ tables.
  • Fraternity and Sorority Life Welcome Back Glow Party, 8:00-11:00pm, Albee Hall Gym

Tuesday, September 4

  • Taste of Oshkosh, 11:00 am- 2:00 pm, Academic Mall
    • Find information about resources at co-sponsors’ tables.

Wednesday, September 5

  • Wear red to raise awareness about the Red Zone!

Thursday, September 6

  • Bystander Intervention Training, 1:30-2:30pm, Student Success Center 101
    • Register here: https://uwosh.edu/bystander/training/

Friday, September 7

  • Titan Nights, 8:30-11:59 pm, Reeve Union
Week 2: Myth vs. Fact - September 9 -15, 2018

Daily trivia

  • During CA/HA social rounds
  • Reeve
  • Kahoot!
  • Res Hall & SRWC front desk

 

Tuesday, September 11

  • Self-Care Tuesday, 12:00 – 1:00pm, LGBTQ Resource Center
    • Learn about safe and healthy relationships in the LGBTQ Community with Julie Denton from Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services.

Wednesday, September 12

  • Wear red to raise awareness about the Red Zone!
  • Wellness Wednesday Fair, 11:00am – 1:00pm, Reeve Concourse
  • Bystander Intervention Training, 2:00-3:00pm, Women’s Center
    • Register here: https://uwosh.edu/bystander/training/
  • WOC Ally Wednesday, 4:00- 5:00pm, Women’s Center
    • Join us for brave discussions on how to be an ally to women of color. This session’s discussion topic is Introduction to being an ally to WOC.
  • Diversity and Inclusion DocuSeries: Anita: Speaking Truth to Power, 6:00-8:00 pm, Reeve Theater
    • Against a backdrop of sex, politics, and race, ANITA reveals the story of a woman who spoke truth to power by testifying before a Senate committee and recounting the repeated acts of sexual harassment she endured while working with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, a nominee at the time. Shaniqua Crawford, UW Oshkosh Title IX Investigator, will facilitate dialogue after the film.

Friday, September 14

  • LGBTQ Resource Center 10 Year Anniversary Open House, 11:30am – 1:30pm, LGBTQ Resource Center
    • Come find out who we are and what we do on campus. Meet the staff, hear testimonials from students, find ways to get involved, and discover our programs.
  • LGBTQ Resource Center Kickoff Social, 7:00-9:00 pm
    • We’re throwing a little get together at the LGBTQ Resource Center! Come find out who we are and what do we do on campus. Meet the staff, hear testimonials from fellow students, find ways to get involved, and discover our Queer Peer Program. Crafts! Food! Fun!

Most college students who are sexually assaulted do NOT report their assault.

 

  • FACT: More than 90% of sexual assault victims on college campuses do not report the assault.

 

  • Source: Cullen, F., Fisher, B., & Turner, M., The sexual victimization of college women (NCJ 182369). (2000). Retrieved from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, National Institute of Justice: https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/182369.pdf

People who identify as heterosexual are more likely to experience sexual violence than people who identify as LGBTQ+.

 

  • MYTH: People who identify as LGBTQ+ are more likely to experience sexual violence and less likely to report the violence than their heterosexual and/or cisgender peers.

 

  • Find out more about sexual assault in the LGBTQ+ community here

Explicitly asking for consent during sexual activity is always awkward.

 

  • MYTH: Asking for consent does NOT have to be awkward! If asking in the moment feels awkward to you, try talking about boundaries and likes/dislikes with your partner(s) beforehand. Even if asking for consent is awkward until you find the way that works best for you and your partner(s), a few seconds of awkwardness is worth making sure everyone is fully into moving forward with all sexual activities!

 

White women experience the highest rates of sexual harassment.

 

  • MYTH: While sexual harassment is experienced by people of all racial and ethnic groups, women of color continue to experience higher rates of sexual harassment AND are less likely to report the sexual harassment. The sexual harassment experienced by women of color also tends to be more physically aggressive than the sexual harassment experienced by White women.

 

You can’t get herpes from a toilet seat.

 

  • FACT: Herpes simplex virus (HSV) is spread by direct skin to skin contact. So unless you and another person are sharing a toilet seat at the same time, the toilet is not likely the source of the infection.

 

A perfect relationship means no conflict.

 

  • MYTH: It is natural to experience conflict in a relationship. The important piece is to learn how to have healthy, productive dialogue with your partner(s) to resolve conflicts that arise.

 

If a person is under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, the person is unable to consent to sexual activity.

 

  • FACT: The law states that a person who is impaired by drugs and/or alcohol cannot consent to sexual activity.

 

Week 3: Communication & Consent - September 16 -22, 2018

Monday, September 17

  • Masculinity Monday: Communication & Consent, 11:30am-12:30pm, Women’s Center
    • Are you ready to challenge man box culture on campus? Join us for dialogue on how to create healthy masculinity on campus! Discussion topic: Masculinity, communication, and consent

Tuesday, September 18

  • Self-Care Tuesday 12:00-1:00pm, LGBTQ Resource Center
    • Join the LGBTQ Resource Center for a different activity each week!  Learn and develop self-care techniques that can transfer to other facets of your life.  A unique and fun activity each week.
  • Bystander Intervention Training, 11:30am-12:30pm, Reeve 210
    • Register here: https://uwosh.edu/bystander/training/
  • Level Up! A Feminist Gaming Initiative: Consent and Video Games, 6:00-8:00pm, Women’s Center
    • Level Up! provides a safe space for women and minority gamers to build community around feminist gaming while critically analyzing the media we love. Discussion topic: Representations of consent in video games

Wednesday, September 19 —- Wear red to raise awareness about the Red Zone!

  • Wellness Wednesday: Healthy Social Networks, 11:00am-1:00pm, Reeve Concourse
    • A bi-monthly series of Wellness Wednesdays, this health and wellness education fair will focus on the importance of healthy relationships and building a healthy social network.
  • Aurora SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) Presentation, 3:00-4:00pm, Women’s Center
    • Come learn about the Aurora SANE program and what it has to offer. Brenda Doolittle goes through every step of the services, what to expect, how a victim may feel and how to best support someone who has experienced a sexual assault.
  • Sex and Consent on Campus, 6:00-8:00 pm, Women’s Center
    • In May, The New York Times published 45 stories of sex and consent on campus, which explored the complexity of navigating consent. This workshop will allow participants to explore these stories and add their own stories of negotiating consent.

Thursday, September 20

  • Bi Visibility Day: The Ins and Outs of Bi/Pan/Poly Sexual and Romantic Dating, 6:30-8:00pm, Reeve 307
    • Join the LGBTQ Resource Center for a positive and affirming discussion of Bi/Pan/Poly –sexual and –romantic relationships, exploring the myths surrounding these relationships, and discussion about building a foundation for healthy relationships with a variety of relational dynamics.
  • Bystander intervention Training, 11:30 -12:30pm, Reeve 210
Week 4: Healthy Sexuality - September 23 -29, 2018

Monday, September 24

  • Bystander Intervention Training, 10:20-11:20am, Sage 3235
    • Register here: https://uwosh.edu/bystander/training/
  • RUB Slam Poet: Carlos Andrés Gómez, Titan Underground, 7:00-9:00pm
    • Carlos Andrés Gómez is an award-winning poet, speaker, actor, and author of the memoir Man Up: Reimagining Modern Manhood. You may know him from his viral poems, “Where are you really from?” and “What Latino Looks Like,” which have garnered millions of views online. Carlos recently partnered with John Legend for Senior Orientation, a program to counteract bullying and champion inclusive masculinity among high school students. He’s a proud Latino and father.

Tuesday, September 25

  • Self-Care Tuesday, 12:00-1:00pm, LGBTQ Resource Center
    • Join the LGBTQ Resource Center for a different activity each week!  Learn and develop self-care techniques that can transfer to other facets of your life.  A unique and fun activity each week.

Wednesday, September 26 —– Wear red to raise awareness about the Red Zone!

  • WOC Ally Wednesday: Sexuality, 4:00-5:00pm, Women’s Center
    • Join us for brave discussions on how to be an ally to women of color. This week’s Discussion topic: Sexualization and objectification of women of color.
  • Wellness Wednesday: Healthy Social Networks,  4:00-6:00pm, Student Rec & Wellness Center
    • A bi-monthly series of Wellness Wednesdays, this health and wellness education fair will focus on the importance of healthy relationships and building a healthy social network.

Thursday, September 27

  • Sex Trivia, 6:00-10:00pm, Titan Underground
    • Grab your friends (with their consent, of course) and compete in Sex Trivia about arousal, safer sex, orgasms, and more!
Week 5: Healthy Relationships - September 30 - October 6, 2018

Monday, October 1

  • Masculinity Monday: Healthy Relationships, 11:30am-12:30pm, Women’s Center
    • Are you ready to challenge man box culture on campus? Join us for dialogue on how to create healthy masculinity on campus! Discussion topic: Masculinity and healthy relationships
  • Somos Latinas: Voices of Latina Wisconsin Activists, 5:00-6:30pm, Reeve 212
    • Somos Latinas shares the powerful narratives of 25 activists—from outspoken demonstrators to collaborative community-builders to determined individuals working for change behind the scenes—providing proof of the long-standing legacy of Latina activism throughout Wisconsin. Somos Latinas draws on activist interviews conducted as part of the Somos Latinas Digital History Project, housed at the Wisconsin Historical Society. The authors of this important collection will join us and share about featured activists.
      Also part of Hispanic Heritage Month

Tuesday, October 2

  • Self-Care Tuesday, 12:00-1:00pm, LGBTQ Resource Center
    • Join the LGBTQ Resource Center for a different activity each week!  Learn and develop self-care techniques that can transfer to other facets of your life.  A unique and fun activity each week.

Wednesday, October 3 —-Wear red to raise awareness about the Red Zone!

  • Men of Color Initiative Keynote: Dr. Ivory Toldson, 6:00-8:00pm, Reeve 202

Thursday, October 4

  • Bystander Intervention Training, 1:30-2:30pm, Clow 233
    • Register here: https://uwosh.edu/bystander/training/

Friday, October 5

  • Relationship Bingo at Titan Nights, 8:30-11:59 pm, Reeve Union
Week 6: Alcohol & Consent - October 7 - 13, 2018

Monday, October 8

  • Observe Indigenous Peoples Day

Tuesday, October 9

  • Self-Care Tuesday, 12:00-1:00pm, LGBTQ Resource Center
    • Join the LGBTQ Resource Center for a different activity each week!  Learn and develop self-care techniques that can transfer to other facets of your life.  A unique and fun activity each week.

Wednesday, October 10 —- Wear red to raise awareness about the Red Zone!

  • Bystander Intervention Training, 2:00-3:00pm, Student Rec and Wellness Center Conference Room
    • Register here: https://uwosh.edu/bystander/training/
  • Diversity and Inclusion DocuSeries: No Más Bebés, 6:00-8:00pm, Reeve 306
    • No Más Bebés tells the story of a little-known but landmark event in reproductive justice, when a small group of Mexican immigrant women sued county doctors, the state, and the U.S. government after they were sterilized while giving birth at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center during the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Friday, October 12

  • Cincere Concert, Reeve Ballroom, 7:00-9:00 pm, Reeve Ballroom
Take Back the Night: October 24, 2018 - Reeve Ballroom

Take Back the Night

5:00 – 8:00pm, Reeve Union Ballroom

Join partner agencies and Fox Valley citizens for the 28th Annual Fox Valley Take Back The Night (TBTN) and stand up to violence. This night is part of local efforts to raise awareness, spotlight allies, support survivors and remember those lost to violence. All attendees are encouraged to make ending domestic and sexual violence a lifelong commitment. For more information visit, http://tinyurl.com/Fox-ValleyTBTN.


Schedule of events:

5:00 pm – Resource Fair

Walk through our Living Library! We will have tables set up so you can learn more about healthy relationships, sexual assault, domestic/dating violence, victim advocacy, restraining orders and SANE exams. Stop by the resource tables from campus offices/organizations and community agencies throughout the Fox Valley.

Make a sign to carry in the march
Buy a Take Back the Night T-shirt and customize it with your own encouraging words for survivors


5:45 pm – Rally

Reeve Ballroom on UWO’s Campus
Hear from a survivor and community agency as they share their stories. Feel a part of a National event that decries relationship and sexual violence in our community. The rally is a time for us to learn more about domestic and sexual violence and hear what each of us can do to support victims, survivors, their families and friends and end violence.


6:45pm – March

We will be leaving the Alumni and Welcome Center towards the Christine Ann Center. We will stop for a moment of silence in front of Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services. The march will then proceed in silence to the Algoma Blvd entrance of Reeve Union.


7:30 pm – Reception and Never Silent Exhibition

Located in Gail Floether Steinhilber Art Gallery (3rd floor Reeve Memorial Union)
Art can be a powerful way of expressing what words don’t fully describe. The TBTN Survivor Exhibition will be open for viewing. Art work by UWO alumni and local artist, Michael Wartgow will be on display that tells the survivor stories and the empowerment they had to regain their lives. Come see the personal stories of our survivors and learn more about how relationship violence and sexual assault impacts our community.


We’ll end the evening with inspiration to keep the community mission of ending domestic and sexual violence at the forefront all year long. Please join us for the opening reception of the art exhibit.

 

Bonus Events

Thursday, October 25

  • Rape Aggression Defense (RAD)/Self-Defense Course Starts
    • The Rape Aggression Defense (RAD)/Self-Defense Course is held every second 7-week term.
    • Email cannon@uwosh.edu for more information.

Monday, November 12

  • Voices of Titan Men, 6:00-8:00 pm, Reeve Union Ballroom BC
    • This call-to-action will fuse spoken word and participant dialogue. Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre will perform several of his poetry pieces. He will also help participants deconstruct traditional notions of masculinity, challenge dominant narratives related to race and racism, and cultivate a deeper, more critical engagement with social justice issues, one based in both empathy and agency. Members of Men of Distinction, a student organization, will serve as roundtable facilitators.Co-Sponsored by the Women’s Center, Men of Color Initiative, Men of Distinction, Reeve Union Board, CARE, and Voices of Men.
Evidence of a "Red Zone"

Sexual Violence May Occur at a Higher Rate at Certain Times of the Year

  • More than 50% of college sexual assaults occur in either August, September, October, or November.
  • Students are at an increased risk during the first few months of their first and second semesters in college.
Source: Campus Sexual Assault Study, 2007; Matthew Kimble, Andrada Neacsiu, et. Al, Risk of Unwanted Sex for College Women: Evidence for a Red Zone, Journal of American College Health (2008). 

*UW Oshkosh Red Zone programming is a collaboration between the Women’s Center, Equal Opportunity, Equity & Affirmative Action, Counseling Center, Campus Victim Advocate, Residence Life, Dean of Students, Student Health Center, Reeve Union, LGBTQ Resource Center, Student Support Services, Student Achievement Services, American Indian Student Services, Men of Color Initiative, University Police, Student Recreation and Wellness, Athletics, CARE, Women’s Advocacy Council, UMatter, Sisterhood, & CALM.

For More Information Contact:

Title IX Coordinator
 Dempsey Hall 328
 (920) 424-1166
 afaction@uwosh.edu
 Monday-Friday 7:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m.