Don’t ignore the flags: sexual assault awareness campaign

Sadrina Sampson

Georgia Southern University’s Office of Health and Education, is holding a Red Flag campaign to bring public awareness to the GSU community about domestic violence and dating violence and some ways in which both can be prevented on college campuses.

This event will take place during the week of April 6 through April 9.

“This campaign is to bring awareness to the different types of abuse that anyone can experience,” Lashanda Johnson, Assistant Director of Health Services and in charge of the first ever Red Flag event at GSU, said.

The Red Flag is a significant symbol of help. “If you see a friend that is in an abusive relationship or if someone notices you in an abusive relationship that is a red flag,” Johnson said. This event will allow people to become educated on others’ situations and bring attention to possibly even their own.

Throughout the week there will be red flags planted in the grassy area in front of the Russell Union rotunda.

“This event is to bring awareness to many types of abuse that many never thought of and to help get ready for Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, ” Johnson said. Walk a Mile in Her Shoes is an international event that asks men to walk in women’s high-heeled shoes. This fun, educational event aims to raise awareness and encourage communication about gender relations and sexual violence. “We are hoping to make this a yearly event,” Johnson said.