Red Zone Warning

By Mallory Lane

Published 08/22 2014 06:37PM

Updated 08/22 2014 06:44PM

PENN STATE, UNIVERSITY PARK - As the first day of classes quickly approaches for college students, university officials are warning students to stay safe.

The Center for Women Students on Penn State's main campus is warning students of what they call the "Red Zone."

It's the first six weeks of the fall semester and it's the time, they said, is most common for sexual assaults to occur.

The center is taking to social media to spread the word about the issue and are continuing to try and raise awareness about sexual assault on and off campus.

They said it's important to start the conversation before school starts to get the topic on students minds.

"A lot of students, especially freshman, might try things they haven't done before, whether it's socializing with alcohol or trying to meet people," Programming Director Jennifer Pencek said. "It's really important for them to have the information right away, so if something does happen, they know where to go to get help and just so they feel prepared."

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