Students Join in Combating Sexual Violence through Education, Prevention

Red Flag Campaign, National Day of Action, and Know Your IX Among Ways Trinity Students Are Raising Awareness
Hartford, CT, October 29, 2014—Members of the Trinity community and visitors to campus in recent days have surely noticed the arrangement of small red flags waving from one of the Gates Quad lawns, just outside Mather Hall. The flags, which spell out “TC” for Trinity College, were placed by members of Students Encouraging Consensual Sex (SECS), to raise awareness of the bystander intervention approach to sexual and domestic violence prevention.

The Red Flag Campaign is one of many ways in which Trinity students are bringing attention to the issue of campus sexual violence. Other activities include:
  • National Day of Action: Carrying the Weight Together
    On Wednesday, October 29, campus members around the country are carrying mattresses and pillows in a collective action to support survivors of sexual and domestic violence, and to end sexual violence and the culture that supports it.
  • Know Your IX
    On Thursday, October 30, at 7 p.m. in McCook Auditorium, two speakers from the campus activist organization Know Your IX will discuss how to end a culture of sexual violence and students’ rights under Title IX.
  • It’s On Us
    Members of Trinity’s Student Government Association, InterGreek Council (IGC), and SECS are working together to create an “It’s On Us” video as part of a national awareness campaign launched by the White House to, as President Barack Obama put it, “fundamentally shift” how the country thinks about campus sexual assault. The students are also planning a November 14 Forum for members of the campus community to discuss these issues (details coming soon on the Trinity Master Calendar).