The SGA would like to invite faculty, staff, and students at all campuses to observe Denim Day on Wednesday, April 26. Nationally, Denim Day is a day set aside to raise awareness about sexual assault support victims of sexual abuse and violence (read on for a synopsis of what Denim Day is all about). We hope that supervisors and faculty members across campus will be supportive of their staff and students wearing jeans for a purpose on this day in visual protest of sexual violence. You can find more info on Denim Day at www.denimdayinfo.org.
On Denim Day, be sure to snap a photo of yourself and use the hashtag #DenimDay or #DenimDayCState to show your support and to spread awareness.
We appreciate the participation and support from the campus community during this year’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month activities. We hope to see you on April 26 sporting your jeans!
For the past 18 years, Peace Over Violence has run its Denim Day campaign on a Wednesday in April in honor of Sexual Violence Awareness Month. The campaign was originally triggered by a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court where a rape conviction was overturned because the justices felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans she must have helped her rapist remove her jeans, thereby implying consent. The following day, the women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim. Peace Over Violence developed the Denim Day campaign in response to this case and the activism surrounding it. Since then, wearing jeans on Denim Day has become a symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual assault. In this rape prevention education campaign we ask community members, elected officials, businesses and students to make a social statement with their fashion by wearing jeans on this day as a visible means of protest against the misconceptions that surround sexual assault. This year’s Denim Day is April 26. Denimdayinfo.org
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