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It's Denim Day at NCCU - April 26

 

NCCU Women's Center invites students, faculty and staff to participate in Denim Day - an international social movement - Wednesday, April 26, by wearing jeans as a sign of protest against victim blaming.

For the past 18 years, Peace Over Violence hosts its Denim Day campaign on a Wednesday in April in honor of Sexual Violence Awareness Month. The campaign was originally triggered by a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court where a rape conviction was overturned because the justices felt that since the 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. Since then, wearing jeans on Denim Day has become a symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual assault. In this rape prevention education campaign we ask community members, elected officials, businesses and students to make a social statement with their fashion by wearing jeans on this day as a visible means of protest against the misconceptions that surround sexual assault. 

All you have to do is wear denim on Wednesday, April 26, to show your support. For more information, visit the Women's Center or call (919) 530-6881. 

Published: Monday, April 24, 2017
by Director of Marketing & Communications, Samantha Hargrove
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