As a part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), the Campus Violence Prevention Program (CVPP) and Redhawk Health Educators invite Southeast faculty, staff and students to participate in Denim Day on April 28.
Help take a stand against victim blaming and destructive attitudes about sexual assault by wearing jeans and joining the campus photo at noon in front of Academic Hall. Participants may also personalize a denim square that will be added to collective quilt highlighting the intersection of racism and violence. Peer Educators will pass out free SAAM buttons, teal ribbons and frisbees.
Denim Day was established in response to an Italian Supreme Court Ruling. In 1997 in Rome, an 18-year-old woman was raped on the side of the road by her 45-year-old driving instructor, who was later convicted and sent to prison. The perpetrator appealed the sentence and his case was heard before the Italian Supreme Court and overturned. The head judge stated that because the victim wore tight jeans, he assumed she must have helped remove them, implying consent. Enraged by the decision, the women in the Italian Parliament protested by wearing jeans on the steps to the Parliament building.
Victim blaming contributes to the high number of sexual assaults that go unreported. Survivors often fear being blamed and judged and therefore do not seek the support they need, suffering silently and alone. Send a message to survivors that Southeast is a safe place to seek help by participating in Denim Day.
For more information, contact Donna St. Sauver, coordinator of the Campus Violence Prevention Program (CVPP), at email@example.com or (573) 986-6191.