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Join us for Denim Day: April 26, 2017

On Wednesday, April 26th 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 26th wear jeans!
  2. If you'd like to also wear an official Denim Day Button or hang a poster in your space, you can stop by ASC 241 or ASC 325 between 8am-4:30pm Monday-Friday to pick them up. 
  3. 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 26th or post them yourself using #StThomasDenimDay
  4. 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.