UNL and the “Red Zone,” a stance against sexual assault

Sexual assault is a large issue on college campuses and UNL is taking steps to try to keep it from happening.

The Red Zone is defined as the time between when students move onto campus to thanksgiving break.

During that period, 50 percent of sexual assaults are more likely to happen.

“I just don’t want what happened to me to happen to anybody else. To have to kind of experience that pain and trauma,” Sexual assault survivor and UNL student, Mar ‘Marlee’ Lee said. 

As the statistic goes, 1 in 5 women, non–gender, and trans persons on campuses will be sexually assaulted.

UNL offers a step up program, which trains bystanders on what to do if they’re in a situation that feels off. They encourage students to use the Husker Campus Guide app as well.

“Health, well-being and safety to our students is our number one priority and we have multiple layers of programs to help keep students safe,” UNL Communications, Leslie Reed said.

“I kinda had shut down. I didn’t want to even admit to myself in the first place what had happened. I think that was the hardest part I had to kind of overcome was admitting that initial what had actually occurred,” Marlee said. 

Both believe the sexual assault cases are largely related to carelessness of both parties involved.

“There’s never an excuse for hurting and for violating someone, and it’s never the survivor’s fault,” Reed said. 

Those new to college may be influenced to do things they’ve never done before or are not familiar with the surroundings yet.

“There’s a lot of new students on campus. They’re Freshmen, a lot of them maybe might not have had this awareness regarding sexual violence and rape culture and how they can become victims of that,” Marlee said. 

Marlee addresses the problem that the university may only be providing advice to those who may be potential victims and not those who may be potential aggressors.

“The purpose of my coming forward was to talk about why we need better training for professors, so what was said to me won’t be said to anyone else,” Marlee said. 

UNL also has on call counselors at (402) 472-7450 and their 24 hour Voices of Hope line at (402) 475-7273.


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