Hampton, VA – On April 20th, Hampton University will make more than a fashion statement when faculty, students and staff rock their blue jeans. The university is uniting for men, women, boys and girls across the country to send a clear message, sexual assault will not be tolerated!
Sponsored by the HU Office of Title IX and the Student Health Center, Denim Day will kick off at noon at Armstrong Stadium. Participants are encouraged to grab a teal awareness pin and ribbon and sign a pledge to take a stand against sexual assault. Hampton University will read the pledge as a group prior to taking a group photo at 12:30p.m.
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 go to denimday.org.