When summer finally ends, and college begins in the fall, incoming college freshmen women look forward to a new year with new friends, living away from home, enrolling in new classes and perhaps rushing a sorority. However, as exciting as the beginning of the school year is, it is also quite a dangerous time for these young women.
According to the New York Times, the "Red Zone" begins the moment freshmen women walk on campus and lasts until Thanksgiving Break. It is a period of time when these women find themselves vulnerable to sexual assaults.
Business Insider reports the 2007 Campus Sexual Assault Study found that more than 50 percent of sexual assaults occur in either August, September, October or November, and officials at the University of North Carolina Wilmington state the first six weeks of college are considered the "Red Zone."
UNCW also said college students aren't accustomed to looking out for themselves when they first enter college. West Virginia University explained that due to less parental supervision, wanting to be independent, trying to fit in and adjusting to a new environment might lead students to exhibit different behaviors, like drinking alcohol or trying drugs. Unfortunately, this experimentation might also lead to "excessive drinking or attendant problems," which puts students, particularly women, in danger of being sexually assaulted.
One college freshman, named Anna, entered the "Red Zone" last year and told the Times about her rape that happened just two weeks into the school year at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. She attended a party with her friends at a fraternity house, where she danced and drank (that night, she had shots of rum mixed with Gatorade along with beer).
However, what started off as a fun, typical college party night turned into a nightmare for the young woman: Anna was sexually assaulted.
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