Happenings: Denim Day 2012

Denim Day USA spreads sexual assault awareness at Texas State

By Kelly Stone, Texas State Student Health Center

Denim DayEveryday, millions of people wear blue jeans. On Wednesday, April 25, 2012, Texas State University students, faculty, staff and supporters will wear their denim to take a stand against sexual assault and focus attention on this issue.

A special Denim Day event will be held in the LBJ Student Center Ballroom from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 25. Participants and supporters are encouraged to wear jeans and bring jeans to be embellished, decorated or donated.

“We are encouraging all members of the Bobcat and local San Marcos community to wear denim on April 25,” said Elise Decker, a Texas State peer educator with the Men Against Violence organization. “This is a simple way for us all to join together to bring more awareness to this community issue.”

The month of April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. Many groups in the San Marcos community — including the Texas State Student Health Center, Men Against Violence, Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center, the Craftivists, the Texas State Counseling Center, the Texas State Department of Housing and Residential Life, and the Texas State Staff Council — have contributed to bringing awareness events to campus.

Wearing jeans on April 25 became an international symbol of protest against common attitudes about sexual assault after a 1998 legal case in which the Italian Supreme Court overturned a rape conviction. The justices reasoned that because the victim had worn very tight jeans, her rapist could not have removed her jeans by himself; therefore the victim must have “consented” to the attack. Women in the Italian Legislature protested the decision by wearing jeans. As news of the decision spread, so did the protest.

Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center helps to create an environment where violence and abuse are not tolerated in the community. The center provides education, violence prevention services, and crisis intervention to victims of family violence, sexual assault and child abuse. In addition to the denim day activities in the LBJ Ballroom, HCWC will be displaying a clothesline project for participants to read and share in the creative expressions of victims of sexual assault.

For more information about Denim Day and Sexual Assault Awareness Month events, please visit www.studenthealthcenter.txstate.edu/healthycats or contact the HealthyCats office at healthycats@txstate.edu or 512-245-9289.

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