Hampton University is recognizing Denim Day April 24 on campus. The day will include a sexual assault awareness information fair, with representatives from The Center for Sexual Assault Survivors and the HU Counseling Center, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the HU Student Center Atruim.
Other events include a 1 p.m. balloon launch and a question and answer session, with a panel of sexual assault professionals. The latter event is from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the HU Student Center Theater, and will include a Hampton City Police special victims detective and HU Sociology Professor Zena McGee.
Internationally, Denim Day is a recognized campaign during Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April, that raises public awareness about rape and sexual assault. It began as the result of a Supreme Court case in Italy, in 1998, where the high court decided to overturn a rape case conviction where the judge declared the victim was partly to blame for wearing tight jeans.
The HU Health Center partnered with The Wright Group (TWG) and Ending Violence Against Woman (EVAW) for the event. On event day, HU faculty and staff can wear jeans to work to support the cause. Students are encouraged to wear jeans as well, and ribbons and wristbands will be available to everyone.
“Hampton University is proud to offer this type of event to our students and the Hampton community,” said Melanie Ames, a sexual assault nurse in the HU Student Health Center. “We want everyone thoroughly informed about the impetus for and ramifications of sexual assault, so that we can lessen and hopefully eradicate its existence in society.”
For more information on this event contact Melanie Ames at 757.727.5316.