Know More Red Zone

What is the Red Zone? 

  • The Red Zone is a term that is used to describe the time period from freshman move-in until Thanksgiving break.
  • According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), more than 50 percent of campus sexual assaults occur between August and November.  

What do I need to know? 

  • Freshman and sophomore college students have a heightened risk of sexual assault.
  • Commonly-accepted statistics are that 1 in 5 female, 1 in 16 male and 1 in 2 transgender students will experience an attempted or completed sexual assault during the time they are in college. 
  • According to the National Institute of Justice statistics, 85-90% of sexual assaults reported by college women are perpetrated by a person known to the victim. 
  • The overwhelming majority of sexual assaults reported by college-age students are facilitated by alcohol.

What can I do? 

  • Ask for consent, and ensure that your partner is able to give consent. For more information about consent, see
  • Safely intervene when you see someone who needs help.  For more information about bystander intervention, please see