Red Flags Raise Awareness

 

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Photo courtesy of Matthew Hayes

Tanner Rowe

On Tuesday April 25th, red flags were put in the ground outside of building 1 in order to raise awareness about dating violence. The program known as “The Red Flag Campaign” got its start in 2005, and their goal was to “create the first statewide awareness and education campaign designed specifically to address dating violence among students on Virginia’s college and university campuses,” this according to the campaign’s website.

At the time of the campaign’s launch they were only able to spread awareness at 10 college campuses throughout the state of Virginia. To this day the campaign has made its way to hundreds of college campuses across the United States, and was even able to make a stop at Black Hawk College.

It is said that 1 and 5 college students will experience dating violence.

Jeff Schwankie, a sophomore at Black Hawk, said “This really isn’t something I had ever thought about until today. It’s crazy to think about because there is probably a lot of people affected here on campus, but it’s not something that people really talk about.”

While spreading awareness may not put an end to relationship violence, it can help to put it under the microscope. The main focus is to not be afraid to speak out against relationship violence and to encourage victims to tell a friend, a parent, or authorities, so that it can ultimately be put to a stop.

For more information on relationship violence and how you can help spread awareness, visit theredflagcampaign.org

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photo courtesy of Matthew Hayes