A George Washington University fraternity is trying to plan the world’s largest game of red light, green light to educate students about sexual assault.
The childhood game will be played later this month in classic schoolyard style, with participants responding to an announcer’s red, green and yellow light cues.
It’s rather elementary, but that’s the point, according to Nick Carr, a senior and the president of the GWU chapter of Zeta Beta Tau fraternity, which is organizing the event along with Jewish Women International.
The idea, he says, is to show students that following the sexual and social cues of their peers is as simple as responding to red and green lights.
“The stop lights are metaphors of respecting the signals of sexual behavior,” Carr said, adding that in the instance of a yellow light during the game, participants will be asked to discuss with the person next to him or her about proceeding cautiously. “I felt this was a topic we needed to address as student leaders.”
Students from Towson University, the University of Maryland and American University are also invited to attend and they are hoping to break the world record for the largest game of red light, green light.
Currently, the Arizona Superbowl Host Committee holds the Guinness World record for largest game of red light, green light with 1,136 participants in January 2015.
The game is the culmination of the fraternity’s national week-long campaign — the Let’s Get Real Campaign — focused on combating sexual assault on campus. There will also be peer-led discussions, PSA-type announcements on social media and posters around campus, the GW Hatchet first reported.
Zeta Beta Tau chapters across the country will be hosting similar “Green Light, Go!” programming as part of the campaign.
A recent survey from the Association of American Universities found that more than 20 percent of female undergraduates at an array of prominent universities said this year that they were victims of sexual assault and misconduct.
The White House formed a task force last year aimed at combating sexual assaults on campus and the conversations surrounding the seriousness of these assaults have become more prevalent and prominent in recent years.
The event at GWU is at 4 p.m. Oct. 24 in the University Yard and is open the public.