Red Flag Campaign at UMW Raises Awareness of Dating Violence

Members of the UMW community wore read in honor of the Red Flag Campaign.
Photo by Kimmie Barkley '14

The Red Flag Campaign, an effort to bring an awareness of dating violence to college campuses, was held at the University of Mary Washington from Monday, Oct. 21 through Tuesday, Oct.29. … [Read more...]

Red Flag Campaign at UMW Raises Awareness of Dating Violence

Red flags throughout campus remind students to speak up about domestic violence. Photo courtesy of The Bullet

The Red Flag Campaign, an effort to bring an awareness of dating violence to college campuses, began at the University of Mary Washington’s Fredericksburg campus on Monday, Oct. 8 and continued through Friday, Oct.12. The student-run campaign, which encourages students to “say something” if they see signs of dating violence, has been held at UMW for the past six years. The campaign’s central feature is a poster series depicting situations in which students should say something if they see a “red flag” in a relationship of a friend, acquaintance, neighbor or even in their own relationships. Students placed the posters and red flags throughout the campus. The university’s Counseling and Psychological Services Center, the Rappahannock Council Against Sexual Assault and Empowerhouse had tables on campus throughout the week to make students aware of the services they provide. The UMW chapter of Student Anti-Violence Educators or SAVE, coordinates the campaign in conjunction with … [Read more...]

UMW Students Join Vice President Biden to Raise Awareness about Dating Violence

Meagan Holbrook (left) and Rob Belcourt met with Vice President Joe Biden (center) on Thursday, June 21

Two University of Mary Washington students joined Vice President Joe Biden and more than 150 students, athletes and sports leaders at the launch of a new public service announcement on Thursday, June 21. The group gathered at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington D.C. Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett and White House Advisor on Violence Against Women Lynn Rosenthal were on-hand at the launch. The public service announcement, which features Biden, President Obama, professional athletes and role models, is part of Biden’s 1is2many campaign. Established in 2011, the campaign focuses on Biden’s “longstanding commitment to reducing violence against women, specifically on teens and young women ages 16 to 24.” Seniors Rob Belcourt and Meagan Holbrook were chosen to represent UMW because of their work with the Red Flag Campaign, a project of the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance. The campaign addresses dating violence on college campuses and … [Read more...]