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VSU to host Take Back the Night and the Red Flag Campaign

VSU will host Take Back the Night and the Red Flag Campaign in conjunction with one another this evening at 7:30 p.m. on the front lawn in front of West Hall.

Take Back the Night is an annual event that is held in recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness month whereas the Red Flag Campaign is new to VSU and is aimed at stopping dating violence on college campuses.

The Red Flag Campaign is a statewide crusade that is being promoted through the efforts of students, faculty, and victim advocates from over 20 colleges and universities.

Through what are known as “red flags,” the Red Flag Campaign encourages students to speak up about violence in their friend’s relationships.  A series of eight posters illustrating various “red flags” can be found throughout campus and are meant to help identify signs of dating violence in the relationships of college students.

This year, Take Back the Night will feature guest speaker, Jenny Lynn Anderson, who will be speaking on behalf of her own survival of sexual assault.  Anderson will share her own survival story as well as some safety tips for preventing assault.

For more information on what constitutes dating violence, how to help, or how to get help for a friend, visit http://RedFlagCampaign.org or contact Rape Aggression Defense Coordinator, Holly Wright, in the office of Health Promotions.

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