Every minute and a half, somewhere in America, someone is sexually assaulted, according to the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Crime Victimization Survey.
On Wednesday, April 29, Denim Day will take place across the country. This is a day to actively show that no matter your gender, you are standing up against sexual assault and sexual violence, and are in support of those who have been victims to these terrible crimes. Taking part in Denim Day will make a statement for all to see and hear, and Gender and Sexuality Services encourages everyone on campus to join us in taking this stand.
Faculty and staff – please speak with your supervisors as necessary to determine if you are able to wear denim items that day, such as jeans, and so that you can encourage the participation of all members of your office.
More details about Denim Day will be shared closer to April 29.
Why Denim Day?
Held each April during Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Denim Day recalls an Italian court case that sparked international outrage when judges did not convict a rapist because the victim wore jeans. The judge ruled that because the victim was wearing tight jeans, she must have helped her attacker remove them, thus implying consent. Those in support of the victim were outraged and Denim Day became a way to speak out against sexual assault. Visit the Denim Day website for more information.
This event reflects the values expressed in IIT’s Diversity Statement and is intended to promote diversity at IIT.