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Red Zone Campaign

What is the Red Zone?

Post-secondary institutions across North America recognize the first 6-8 weeks of class as the Red Zone, a time in which approximately 50% of sexualized assaults occur and when first-year students are most at risk (Campus Sexual Assault Study, 2007; Matthew Kimble, Andrada Neacsiu, et al., 2008).

What's happening at TRU?

From August 27 to October 8, Sexualized Violence Prevention and Response (SVPR) will explore different themes through the Red Zone awareness campaign. Look out for red decals and flags across campus, and follow @trustudentlife to check out posts and stories throughout the six weeks.

Red Zone events

Friday, Sept. 8

As part of Orientation Week, SVPR is partnering with Student Life to host a movie night featuring "Neighbours" with Zac Efron and Seth Rogen on Friday, Sept. 8 in the Clock Tower Theatre. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.

Register for this event
Monday through Sunday, Sept. 18-24

Consent isn’t just related to hooking up or having sex; we practice consent in day-to-day acts like asking for favours, making plans, entering spaces or offering a hug. It’s about giving permission for something to happen or agreeing to an activity. Expressions of consent can be indicated verbally with our words or nonverbally through facial expressions and body language. Consent is an ongoing process and must be freely given - without pressure or bullying - and can be withdrawn at any time. Consent also matters in digital spaces, and boundaries are essential to protect your digital well-being.

Keep an eye out for SVPR tabling across campus - follow the smell of popcorn! You can also request a Consent training with SVPR staff or connect online via email: or in person at OM 1486.

Thursday, Oct. 5

SVPR will be collaborating with the Kamloops Sexual Assault Counselling Centre (KSACC) and the Y Women’s Emergency Shelter to explore different ways to get involved on campus and in our community. Keep an eye out for more information about this interactive engagement opportunity.

Help is available

The Sexualized Violence Prevention and Response office delivers educational opportunities to members of the campus community, supports the ongoing implementation of BRD 25-0 and provides direct support to victims/survivors of sexualized and intimate partner violence. Support is available to all faculty, staff and students. Whether the experience is historical or recent, a wide variety of supports are available:

  • Emotional support and safety planning
  • Academic accommodations and emergency housing
  • Information about reporting options
  • Support through reporting processes if desired
  • Connection to campus and community resources
  • Support to those providing care to victim/survivors

Book an appointment

We are a hybrid office. Feel free to stop by in Old Main 1486. Virtual appointments are also available for both Kamloops and Williams Lake students, staff and faculty. To schedule your appointment, send email to or call 250-828-5023. You are welcome to bring a support person to any meeting.

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