Title IX Office

Red Flag Campaign

November 6, 2015



The Red Flag Campaign is a public awareness campaign that addresses dating violence and sexual assault on college campuses. The campaign uses a positive strategy to help promote healthy relationships. That is, the focus is on bystander intervention. It encourages people to "say something" if they see "red flags" or warning signs of abuse, or sexual violence in friend's relationships.

Many times people want to "stay out of it" or "ignore" abusive behavior. The Title IX Office at Hampton University wants people to "Say Something" and stand up against sexual assault and domestic violence because statistics show that dating violence happens in 1 out of 5 intimate relationships in college.

Beginning October 25, 2015, Red Flags were placed at strategic locations around the Hampton University Campus for maximum exposure creating a buzz for people to ask questions and inquire about the flags. The following week, the flags came down and posters explaining the campaign went up all over campus, in classroom and office buildings and dormitories.

The poster series featured "Red Flags" with scenarios and issues that might be present in a relationship with dating violence. The themes included, Coercion, Emotional abuse, Sexual assault, victim-blaming, excessive jealousy, isolation and stalking.

The Center for Sexual Assault Survivors and Transitions Family Violence Services partnered with the Title IX Office at Hampton University to promote its available services to victims, provide informational literature, and to encourage healthy relationships to students.

The Title IX Office at Hampton University sponsored the event which included a "selfie stand" up in the Student Center Atrium with the hashtag… #RedFlagCampaign. Students and the Hampton University community were encouraged to take a picture behind the "selfie stand" and use social media to show support for healthy relationships!

The campaign generated impromptu discussions on what to do and say when encountering the "red flags" with a friend's relationship.

Other hashtags used during the campaign include:

#HamptonURedFlagCampaign

#RedFlagCampaign

#HamptonUSaySomething

#SaySomething

If you live on the Peninsula, and know someone in need of help, call Transitions Family Violence Services Hotline at (757) 723-7774 , or, the Center for Sexual Assault Survivors Hotline at 1-800-838-8238.

This event was sponsored by the Title IX Office at Hampton University.