April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month; Speak Up When You See a Friend At Risk Written by Melissa Simmons, Graduate Assistant in the Office of Student Experience

RedFlagGraphicDid you know females ages 16-24 experience the highest per capita rates of intimate violence? That’s triple the national average.

For Sexual Assault Awareness Month, NLU’s Student Experience Office is dedicated to educating students on the issues related to domestic and dating violence with our Red Flag campaign. The Red Flag campaign is a project of the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance, and was created by college students, college personnel and community victim advocates.

Table top displays on the Chicago and Wheeling campuses illustrate examples of unhealthy relationships by showcasing signs of abuse. The purpose of The Red Flag Campaign is to encourage students to speak up when they see red flags for dating violence in their friends’ relationships.

To supplement the poster series, we have organized the following activities throughout the month of April:

  • Community Free Pizza Lunch and Learns on 4/18 and 4/25 (Staff, Faculty, and Students welcome!) RSVP
  • Film Screening of The Hunting Ground, 4/14 6-8pm, Chicago Atrium – a documentary addressing the prevalence of Sexual Assault on college campuses
  • Weekly Table Topics in Chicago, Lisle, and Wheeling 4/11-4/28

Students are subjected to high risks of being involved in dating violence, both physical and sexual, during their college years.

  • 32% of college students report dating violence by a previous partner
  • 51% of males admit perpetrating one or more sexual assault incidents during college
  • 12% of completed rapes and 35% of attempted rapes occur on a date

Throughout the month of April learn to recognize the red flags and become an active bystander in preventing sexual violence in our communities.

Danielle Laban

About Danielle Laban

Danielle is the Director of Student Experience at National Louis. She's an experienced student affairs professional who is focused on student success. Danielle earned her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Northern Colorado and her Master of Arts at Roosevelt University.