Find Out How a Childhood Game “Lit” Up Awareness About an Important Campus Issue

Giant game of Red Light, Green Light to raise awareness of sexual consentRemember playing the game Red Light, Green Light in the neighborhood cul-de-sac as a kid? It was probably everyone’s first lesson in understanding that green means go and red means stop.

A recent highlight for George Washington University in Washington, DC was its week-long campus-wide conversation about their fraternity, Zeta Beta Tau’s record-breaking game of Red Light, Green Light.

In attempt to surpass the Guinness World Record for the most Red Light, Green Light game participants (1,136), GWU teamed together with the group Promoting Awareness | Victim Empowerment (PAVE) to set records and raise awareness.

PAVE is a nonprofit organization that focuses on preventing sexual assault and healing survivors through social advocacy, education, and victim support. They partnered with the GWU fraternity in a joint effort to foster discussions that challenge the social norms that support sexual assault.

“Because of efforts like Zeta Beta Tau’s, more and more young people on campuses know where the line in sexual contact is and when never to cross it.” Executive director of PAVE, Angela Rose.

The efforts to change and eliminate customs that have integrated themselves into college campus’s nationwide for years is a hefty and righteous project. The campaign doesn’t just face the challenge of preventing future assaults and behavior, but helping those who have already experienced it, or will.

The Red Light, Green Light race, held at GWU this past October 24th, was open to the public and served as a powerful metaphor for sexual consent (green light – go, red light – stop). Other participants included all of George Washington University’s fraternities, their multicultural Greek Council, and nationally by It’s On Us, NO MORE and Men Can Stop Rape.

PAVE Executive Director Angela Rose explains: “Breaking a world record is a fitting end to October’s month-long #Consentls social media campaign to raise awareness about sexual assault, and what constitutes consent between two people.” The multi-chapter national nonprofit has had its work featured on household programs such as TODAY, Good Morning America, and CBS This Morning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Learn more about the event and movement at http://greenlightgo.squarespace.com.

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