SSU joins The Red Flag Campaign


PORTSMOUTH, Ohio – Shawnee State University to participate in The Red Flag Campaign, a statewide campaign that aims to educate and prevent dating violence on college campus, beginning Mon., Apr. 4 through Fri., Apr. 8, 2016.

The Red Flag Campaign is a project of Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance that was created by college students, faculty and victim advocates. The campaign helps students identify the “red flags” in their friends’ relationships. It teaches students ways they can take action and intervene. The campaign features a series of posters that are intentionally chosen to illustrate “red flags” that could be present in an unhealthy relationship.

“With the evolution of technology and access to social media, dating violence has risen to a whole new level,” said Marcie Simms, Dean of Students at SSU. “Victims are now also stalked and harassed through phone calls, text messages, e-mails, and all the different social media channels.”

Research indicates that one in five college students experience dating violence. The purpose of the campaign is to encourage students to speak up when they see the “red flags” occurring in their friends’ relationships and prevent future dating violence.

“This campaign is incredibly important with the rise of dating violence on college campus because having friends that will intervene when they see “red flags” provides the victim with a sense of safety and support he/she may need to change the cultural tolerance of violence in the relationship.” said Simms.

SSU will be host events all week as part of The Red Flag Campaign. Starting off the campaign is the “Red Flag Kick Off Event” at 11 a.m. on Mon., Apr. 4, in the University Center (UC). The SSU Counseling and Health Services (CHS), SSU Department of Public Safety (DPS), Title IX, Domestic Violence Coalition and the SSU Women’s Initiative for Strength and Excellence (WISE) Fraternity will be present. Red snow cones as well as other red-colored food will be served at the event. Students can fill out red flag pennants to share their thoughts and/or experiences on dating violence.

On Tues., Apr. 5, Dr. Linda Koenig will host “Healthy Relationship Workshop” at 2 p.m. in Room 215 in the UC.

The Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking Panel will be at 12 p.m. on Weds., Apr. 6, in the UC Ballroom East. Free lunch will be provided at the event.

On Thurs., Apr. 6, the SSU sororities will be co-sponsoring the “R.A.D. Self Defense Class,” from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the UC Ballroom East. R.A.D. Systems was established to provide educational opportunities for men, women, children and seniors to create a safer environment and future for themselves and to challenge society to evolve into an existence where violence is not an acceptable part of daily life. R.A.D. is the only self-defense program endorsed by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA), National Academy of Defense Education, the National Self-Defense Institute (NSDI) and Redman Training Gear.

Then to wrap up the week, the Lifeline Support Group will meet from 1:30-3:30 p.m. on Fri., Apr. 8, in the Women’s Center located in the basement of Massie Hall.

There will be an informational Red Flag Campaign table set up daily during the week from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the UC lobby.

For more information about dating violence, how to help, or how to get help for a friend, visit The Red Flag Campaign at www.theredflagcampaign.org.

For more information on R.A.D. Systems of Self Defense, please visit www.rad-systems.com.

For more information about the event, please contact Marcie Simms at 740.351.3616 or at msimms@shawnee.edu.

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