As a part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), the Campus Violence Prevention Program (CVPP) and Counseling and Disability Services invite Southeast faculty, staff and students to participate virtually in Denim Day on April 29.
Help take a stand against victim blaming and destructive attitudes about sexual assault by wearing jeans and posting a photo on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and tag CVPP. Southeast will also host a virtual Zoom Denim Day University Photo, at noon, April 29. Use the password “SEMODD” to join.
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.