The Red Zone is NOW...
The period of time between the start of school and Thanksgiving break is the "Red Zone," when college students - especially freshmen - have the most vulnerability & highest risk of being sexually assaulted. Sexual assault is NEVER the victim's fault. All Blue Hens help to make our campus safer when you #recognize dangerous situations, #support your friends & any potential victims, and #intervene in a safe way or seek help. Share your bystander intervention experiences on twitter & instagram and tag Student Wellness @UD_UseYourPower. Ask for consent every time in every sexual encounter, and respect your partner's boundaries if they say no. Tell us how you ask using #iaskforconsent!
Stalking & Cyberstalking
A rising trend on college campuses...
The National College Women Sexual Victimization Survey conducted in 2000 (Fisher, et. al.), surveyed 4,446 female students at 223 colleges and universities. Key findings:
- 13% of the college women had been stalked since the school year began.
- 80.3% of victims were stalked by someone they knew or had seen before.
- Stalking incidents lasted on average 2 months.
- 3 in 10 women reported being injured emotionally or physically from being stalked.
- In 15.3% of incidents, victims reported that the stalker threatened or attempted to harm them.
- In 10.3% of incidents, victims reported that the stalker forced or attempted sexual contact.
- Overall, 83.1% of stalking incidents WERE NOT reported to police or campus law enforcement,
A 2009 study (Kristina Baum, et. al., "Stalking Victimization in the United States," Washington D.C., BJS: 2009) found that:
- 3.4 million people in the U.S. over age 18 experience stalking.
- 75% of victims are stalked by someone they know.
- Persons aged 18-24 experience the highest rates of stalking.
- 25% of stalking victims are monitored through technology (email, instant messaging, internet, etc.)
Summaries of both studies are available at the Stalking Resource Center, which is a project of the National Center for Victims of Crime. It provides statistics, laws, helpful information and resources for victims of stalking.
If you suspect you are being stalked through technological means, it may not be safe for you to be on the internet. There are steps you can take to erase a trail of your internet surfing, but it cannot be completely untraceable. If you are in a remote location and feel it is safe for you to explore the internet, the following are excellent resources providing safety information, strategies and resources if you are being stalked or cyberstalked, as well as general information.
Cyberstalking & Stalking Resources:
If you suspect you are being stalked and you would like to talk to a supportive victim advocate right now, (24 hrs/day) call 302-831-2226. The person who answers will take a first name and phone number and the S.O.S. Victim Advocate on duty will call you back within 10 minutes.
Speaker & Sexual Assault Survivor Debra Puglisi Sharp
123 Memorial Hall
Debbie is a Delaware resident whose story was in the news on a daily basis as it unfolded in April, 1998. Come hear her powerful story including the recording of her 911 call to police that freed her from captivity. Learn more: www.puglisisharp.com. Sponsored by S.O.S. and UD's Sexual Assault Prevention & Education Committee.
Where Do You Stand? - Human Continuum Exercise
123 Memorial Hall
This program, facilitated by members of S.O.S. will help you clarify where you stand regarding a variety of sexual situations and whether they rise to the level of sexual harassment, sexual assault, or sexual abuse. Sponsored by S.O.S. and UD's Sexual Assault Prevention & Education Committee.
Project led by the newly forming Men's Action Network
Stop by Perkins Kiosk on Friday for a chance to win a UD Bookstore gift card! Just spend a few moments sharing your thoughts for a project on masculinity, gender norms, and engaging men in gender-based violence prevention.