June 20, 2024

UMW Raises Awareness of Dating Violence

The University of Mary Washington is raising awareness of dating violence on college campuses through the Red Flag Campaign, a student-run movement that helps students recognize and respond to ‘red flags’ associated with dating violence.   red flag campaignThe campaign’s central feature is a poster series depicting situations in which students should say something if they see a “red flag” in a relationship of a friend, acquaintance, neighbor or even in their own relationships. Throughout the month of October, students are placing the posters and red flags on the Fredericksburg campus. The Student Anti-Violence Educators, or SAVE, a student-run organization at UMW, coordinates the campaign in conjunction with UMW’s Office of Judicial Affairs and UMW’s wellness team, as part of the Healthy Campus 2020 initiative. Other UMW organizations participating in the campaign include Empowerhouse, Rappahannock Council Against Sexual Assault, and the university’s Talley Center for Counseling Services. “This month, SAVE is working with the Red Flag Campaign to create a more developed understanding and awareness of relationship violence within our community,” said sophomore Theresa Buczek, president of SAVE. “This includes breaking down myths and stereotypes that heterosexual white women are the only victims of assault. Relationship violence can affect anyone.” In addition to the red flags and the posters, SAVE members will chalk messages about healthy relationships on Campus Walk, and will paint the Spirit Rock red. In addition, SAVE will host a healthy relationship photo shoot on Friday, Oct. 17 to highlight the model relationships of couples from the UMW community. The campaign will conclude on Thursday, Oct. 30 with an open mic night and candlelight vigil for survivors of relationship violence and supporters of the Red Flag Campaign. The Red Flag Campaign is held on college campuses across the country. UMW has participated since the beginning of the campaign eight years ago and has been chosen to be a partner school for the past several years because of its strong work on the campaign. For more information, contact the Office of Judicial Affairs and Community Responsibility at (540) 654-1200.