Have you ever known, seen, or been a victim of abuse? Have you ever kept quiet, just so that you could protect the person who is abusing you? Have you ever been the silent bystander? Chances are that many of us can say yes to at least one of these questions. Today UNCP is asking you to join us and other college campuses as we begin our Red Flag Campaign, speaking out and bringing awareness to dating violence.
The Red Flag Campaign is a public awareness campaign designed to address dating violence and promote the prevention of dating violence on college campuses. The campaign was created using a “bystander intervention” strategy, encouraging friends and other campus community members to “say something” when they see warning signs (“red flags”) for dating violence in a friend’s relationship.
Over the next few weeks you will see red flags and posters around campus encouraging you to speak out for yourself, your friend(s), or family member(s) that may be getting abused by their partner. The red flags and posters will represent the different categories of dating violence: COERCION, EMOTIONAL ABUSE, ISOLATION, EXCESSIVE JEALOUSY, SEXUAL ASSAULT, STALKING, AND VICTIM BLAMING. Research indicates that in 21% of college dating relationships, one of the partners is being abused. That’s 1 in 5 relationships. Please don’t be ashamed or afraid to intercede and stop the violence. If you would like to report any violence you have witnessed UNCP counseling and psychological services offices is here to help you. If you notice immediate danger do not look away call 911 or the campus police right away.
Campus Police (910)-521-6235
Counseling and Psychological Services: (910)-521-6202