Hampton University is participating in Denim Day April 23, on the University campus. Sponsored by the HU Office of the Title IX Coordinator and Student Health Center, the day is part of bringing awareness to sexual assault against women, men, boys and girls.
The day at HU will include a sexual assault awareness information fair, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Center Atrium, and a “Say it with your jeans” decoration display. Also, donations will be collected throughout the day for The Center for Sexual Assault Survivors. Additionally, HU faculty, staff and students are encouraged to wear jeans.
“Each year HU is eager to take part in Denim Day and continue to spread and develop awareness around the issue of sexual assault,” said Sonja Vega, the University Title IX coordinator.
Denim Day spawned from a 1998 Supreme Court ruling in Italy, where the high court made the decision to overturn a rape case conviction in which it was stated the victim was wearing very tight jeans and must have helped the assailant remove them. 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, according to the Denim Day website. The movement is an internationally recognized campaign. For more information visit http://denimdayusa.org/about/.