For many students leaving for college, this will be their very first experience living away from Mom and Dad.
It is a rite of passage that can be and is, a wonderful experience for most kids. However, it is also a period of time fraught with possible danger.
Beware of the RED ZONE!
What is the Red Zone?
It’s the period of time when most freshman girls are most vulnerable to sexual assault on college campuses.
According to the Department of Justice, it’s the time between when a student first arrives on campus in late August and Thanksgiving break.
Most parents have never even heard of this term and of course, most universities won’t openly share this information for fear word will get out and they will lose potential applicants.
There are many reasons for red zone assaults.
For one thing, many of these girls are on their own for the first time in their lives and they don’t always have the experience to handle many of the new situations they will find themselves in.
Freshman tend to over drink, which results in poor decision making.
Freshman are often making new friends and are influenced by peer pressure.
There are lots of reasons – it is up to parents and educators like myself, to make these young women as informed as possible so they don’t end up a victim of the Red Zone.
If you would like some additional information, here’s a good article that discusses the Red Zone.
Of course, the best defense is to enroll your daughter in a good self defense seminar; or even better, enroll her in a traditional style of martial arts like karate so that she will have the confidence and the knowledge to protect herself.
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Sensei Chris Feldt is the owner and chief instructor of Samurai Karate Studio, a leadership academy located in Northeast Columbia, South Carolina. His school teaches karate to children and adults ages 4 and up. SKS specializes in self-defense, anti-bullying, stranger danger and character and leadership development.
Mr. Feldt was an adjunct professor at the University of South Carolina for college credit in karate and self-defense. Samurai Karate Studio has been recognized as a leader in martial arts instruction by being honored with the Best of Columbia Award for 5 consecutive years in a row.
Sensei Feldt is a certified instructor for C.O.B.R.A., a worldwide self-defense, and personal protection program. SKS offers Active Shooter Training, Real Estate Safety, 10 Week Self Defense Academies, Bully Workshops, and Child Safety Camps.
Sensei Feldt has been a guest speaker in the Richland 2 School District covering school talks on stranger danger, anti-bullying strategies, kindness, and making good choices. He is available for both private and corporate self-defense seminars
Samurai Karate Studio is also a proud member of MAAB, Martial Artists Against Bullying, a nationwide program made up of martial arts schools throughout the country that are committed to helping children who are victims of bullying. If you or someone you know is being bullied, we are here to help. But, you have to take the first step and either call us at 803-462-9425 or email us at: [email protected]
Bullying is one of the most serious issues we face today and with the right coaching, students can learn how to defeat the bully using non-violent strategies.