Annual Denim Day
Across the Texas Tech University Campus multiple organizations, departments and centers conduct academic discussions raising public awareness about sexual violence and the need to educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence. Each day, people witness a continuum of behaviors that range from being respectful and safe, to sexually abusive and violence. By working together we can highlight sexual violence as a major issue in our communities and reinforce the need for prevention efforts.
- History - What is Denim Day?
In 1998, an Italian Supreme Court decision overturned a rape conviction because the victim wore jeans, reasoning she must have helped her attacker remove them. Enraged by the verdict, within a matter of hours the women in the Italian Parliament launched into immediate action and protested by wearing jeans to work. This call to action motivated and emboldened the California Senate and Assembly to do the same, which in turn spread to Patricia Giggans, Executive Director of Peace Over Violence, and Denim Day in LA was born. The first Denim Day in LA was in April 1999, and has continued every year since.
Wearing jeans on this day has become an international symbol of protest against erroneous assumptions about rape. Read more...
- Wear Your Jeans in Support!
+ Send a message to survivors that you support them in their healing!
+ Commit to become more educated about sexual assault!
+ Break the silence surrounding sexual violence!
- What is happening on your campus?
April 27 | Denim Day: There Are No Excuses | 12:00 p.m. - 1:20 p.m. | TLPDC 152
We will view the short documentary called "The Line" - Completed after being presented in classrooms on dozens of college campuses, The Line is structured to invite and reward students' trust, making them comfortable enough to discuss sex, consent, legal rights, and the politics surrounding gender violence while examining issues too often deemed embarrassing, shameful, or taboo. Using a hidden camera, filmmaker Nancy Schwartzman goes head-to-head with the man who assaulted her, recording their conversation in an attempt to move through the trauma of her experience and achieve a better understanding of the sometimes ambiguous line between consent and coercion. Register; http://www.depts.ttu.edu/tlpdc/
For more information on the history of Denim Day click here...
- National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC)
- SAFER (Students Active for Ending Rape)
- United States Department of Justice