May 22, 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.

Red Flag Campaign at UMW Raises Awareness of Dating Violence

The Red Flag Campaign, an effort to bring an awareness of dating violence to college campuses, was held at the University of Mary Washington from Monday, Oct. 21 through Tuesday, Oct.29. The student-run campaign, which helps students to recognize “red flags” associated with dating violence and encourages them to say something if they see those signs, has been held at UMW for the past seven years.

Members of the UMW community wore read in honor of the Red Flag Campaign. Photo by Kimmie Barkley '14

Members of the UMW community wore read in honor of the Red Flag Campaign.
Photo by Kimmie Barkley ’14

The 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. Students placed the posters and red flags throughout the Fredericksburg campus. Empowerhouse, the Rappahannock Council Against Sexual Assault, and the university’s Counseling and Psychological Services Center took part in the campaign to make students aware of the services they provide.  The UMW chapter of Student Anti-Violence Educators, or SAVE, coordinates the campaign in conjunction with UMW’s Office of Judicial Affairs and the Wellness Team, as part of the Healthy Campus 2020 initiative.

“Relationship violence can be very damaging to someone physically and emotionally,” said senior Kayla Zahrn, president of SAVE. “The goal of the campaign is to show these people that they are supported and also to help them find the resources they need if they need help getting out of a violent relationship.”

The Red Flag Campaign is held at college campuses across the country. UMW has participated since the beginning of the campaign and has been chosen to be a partner school for the past several years because of its strong work on the campaign.

Red Flag Campaign Raises Awareness of Dating Violence

Red flags throughout campus remind students to speak up about domestic violence. Photo courtesy of The Bullet

The Red Flag Campaign, an effort to bring an awareness of dating violence to college campuses, began at the University of Mary Washington’s Fredericksburg campus on Monday, Oct. 8 and will continue through Friday, Oct.12. The student-run campaign, which encourages students to “say something” if they see signs of dating violence, has been held at UMW for the past six years.

The 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. Students will place the posters and red flags throughout the campus. The university’s Counseling and Psychological Services Center, the Rappahannock Council Against Sexual Assault and Empowerhouse will have tables on campus throughout the week to make students aware of the services they provide. The UMW chapter of Student Anti-Violence Educators or SAVE, coordinates the campaign in conjunction with UMW’s Office of Judicial Affairs.

“The goal of the week is to ensure students know that they have the ability and the responsibility to say something if they see signs of dating violence in their relationships or in the relationships of others,” said senior Meagan Holbrook, president of SAVE. “To understand that you have that capacity is a powerful thing.”

The Red Flag Campaign is held at college campuses across the country. UMW has participated since the beginning of the campaign and has been chosen to be a partner school for the past several years because of its strong work on the campaign.