Take Part in Denim Day for Sexual Assault Awareness Month!
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and on April 24, 2019 citizens across the nation will Wear Jeans with a Purpose during national Denim Day.
What is Denim Day? In 1997 in Rome, Italy an 18-year-old woman was sexually assaulted by her driving instructor. The perpetrator was convicted and appealed his case to the Supreme Court. His case was overturned and in a statement to the press, a member of the Supreme Court was quoted as stating that since the victim wore very, very tight jeans, she had to have helped the perpetrator remove them.
Since then, Denim Day has become a worldwide event that calls community members to stand with survivors of sexual assault and wear denim to protest misperceptions surrounding this horrific crime.
Wear Jeans with a Purpose. Baker College of Jackson is encouraging faculty, staff, and students to Wear Jeans with a Purpose and help support survivors of sexual assault. For a suggested donation of $5.00, BC faculty and staff will be allowed to wear jeans to work on April 24th. BC students are also invited to wear jeans in support of this cause and can make a donation if they desire. Proceeds from this initiative will benefit the AWARE Domestic Violence and Abuse Shelter in Jackson.
If you or someone you know has been affected by sexual violence, it’s not your fault. You are not alone. Help is available 24/7 through the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE or visit the Online Hotline. You may also contact the Campus Safety department on your campus.