Millersville University flags raise awareness of dating violence

MILLERSVILLE, Pa. (WHTM) – Bright, red flags line George Street on the campus of Millersville University.

The flags are a symbol for a major issue.

“The red flag campaign is a national campaign to help, particularly college students, be able to understand red flags in relationships,” said Jayme Trogus, the university’s director for the center of health education and promotion.

Trogus said the message should hit home for students. It’s been less than a year since Karlie Hall was killed inside her dorm room. Prosecutors believe her boyfriend beat her to death.

“Students are much more interested in what we have to say because they realize it could happen to them because it happened to one of their peers,” Trogus said.

Trogus said she believes students on all campuses are talking more about dating violence. She hopes the flags keep the conversation going and students aware of problem signs.

“Dating doesn’t always have to be physical,” Trogus said. “(We’re) helping them to understand it can be emotional, mental, and it could be digitally.”

Millersville University has events planned for all of February to raise awareness of dating violence.

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