Mobile Sought to Help Reduce Rates of Sexual Assault

With April serving as Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Verizon Wireless is partnering with five universities to bring the Red Flag Campaign to Alabama for the thirty days of April.

The Red Flag Campaign is a program created by students for students and funded by the Verizon Foundation, Verizon Wireless and other community partners.

Verizon says the campaign aims to raise awareness about sexual assault 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.

To that end, five Alabama universities will display Red Flags on their campuses as part of their Sexual Assault Awareness Month activities:

  • Auburn University (April 4-5)
  • The University of Alabama at Birmingham (April 9-13)
  • Auburn University Montgomery (April 23-27)
  • The University of Alabama (April 24-30)
  • The University of Alabama in Huntsville (TBD).

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, college-age women are four times more likely to be sexually assaulted than the general public, with an estimated one in four female college students becoming victims of sexual assault during their college career.