Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM)
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.
- April 24 |
14thAnnual Denim Day
Gender Fair Forum | "Denim Day in Action: Empowering Bystanders"
TLPDC RM 153 (Library, ground level) | 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m
Topics discussed at the forum will be:
Part 1: Overview of Denim Day, Italian court case, Denim Day movement, Rape Myths, current media cases--Steubenville case, Audrie Pott case (CA, Rape/Suicide), Nova Scotia, Canada case, etc.., social media involvement and impact.
Part 2: Rape Culture
Part 3: Masculinity and Femininity giving rise to Rape Culture
Part 4: Bystander Responsibility (how bystanders are implicated, empowering bystanders)
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 suport them in their healing!
+ Commit to become more educated about sexaul assault!
+ Break the silence surrounding sexual violence!
What is the Gender Fair Forum?
The "Gender Fair" is an educational, awareness-oriented resources fair exploring gender, equity, and communication. The fair is organized by students enrolled in Gender & Communication course, with guidance from Dr. Amy Heuman, Assoc Professor, Communication Studes & Women's Studies Affiliated Faculty. The fair is conducted prior to the forum in the Croslin Room of the TTU Library from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
The intent of the forum will be to narrow the focus of topics discussed during the fair and examine gender in contemporary society. A panel will engage the audience, giving attention to gender roles, masculine and feminine communication styles, social institutions that shape gender, and everyday applications of gender in the lives of people.
Link to register: http://www.tlpd.ttu.edu/home/index.asp
*Note: Space is limited. Registration for this event is FREE. Please go to the link provided and click on "schedule of events" on the left side of the page to find the event and register. For non-TTU personnel please contact Tricia Earl at firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
For more information on the history of Denim Day click here...
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