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Join us for Denim Day: April 25, 2018

On Wednesday, April 25th you can show your support for victim/survivors of sexual assault and make a statement that sexual violence has no place in our community by wearing jeans.

Why Participate?

It is a small gesture, but it can have a large impact. In our culture, there is silence around sexual violence and as a result, many survivors feel alone in their experience. We know that almost all of us condemn acts of violence and want to support survivors. Here is your chance to do just that! 

How to Participate:

  1. On Wednesday, April 25th wear denim!
  2. Organize your colleagues and friends to participate with you. Invite them to also wear denim on April 25th and schedule a time for a group photo. If you're in a leadership position on campus, send a message to your department that you support and encourage their participation in this day. 
  3. For official Denim Day Buttons- contact prevention@stthomas.edu before April 16th to have them sent to your office via inter-campus mail. Or pick them up directly from ASC 241 or ASC 325 between 8am-4:30pm Monday-Friday. 
  4. To have your participation featured as a part of the University's awareness efforts, take a photo of yourself, your department, or team in your denim and send it to prevention@stthomas.edu on the morning of Wednesday, April 25th or post them yourself using #StThomasDenimDay
  5. Follow our office on social media (Facebook or Twitter) to see your photos. 

Why Denim? 

The campaign was originally triggered by a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court in 1992, where a rape conviction was overturned because the justices felt that since the 18-year-old 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. You can learn more here.