HARROGATE, Tennessee, October 17, 2019—Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) Share Club members are recognizing Domestic Violence Abuse Month this October by sponsoring the Red Flag Campaign. The public awareness initiative is designed to prevent dating violence by teaming up with colleges and universities across America.
LMU Share Club, a service group composed of social work and other majors, placed over 130 red flags on the Quad to bring awareness of domestic violence to the LMU campus. Additionally, the group hosted Cease Women’s Shelter social worker Chloe McMurray as a guest speaker this week.
The Red Flag Campaign uses a bystander intervention strategy to address and prevent sexual assault, dating violence and stalking on college campuses. The campaign encourages friends and other campus community members to say something when they see warning signs ("red flags") for sexual assault, dating violence, or stalking in a friend’s relationship.
“Bystanders are the largest group of people involved in violence and greatly outnumber both the perpetrators and the victims,” said senior social work major Kendra Pace. “Bystanders have a range of involvement in assaults. Some know that a specific assault is happening or will happen, some see an assault or potential assault in progress, and some know that assaults do happen. Regardless of how close to the assault they are, bystanders have the power to stop assaults from occurring and to get help for people who have been victimized.”
The campaign was created in 2005 by the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance. It has since spread to more than 100 campuses in 27 states.
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