Marquette is honoring survivors of sexual violence by celebrating Denim Day on Wednesday, April 24, 2019. Show your support for survivors of sexual assault by wearing jeans on this day to call for an end to myths surrounding sexual violence.
For the past 19 years, Peace Over Violence has run its Denim Day Campaign on a Wednesday in April in honor of Sexual violence Awareness Month. The campaign was originally triggered by a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court where a rape conviction was overturned because the justices felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans she must have helped her rapist remove her jeans, thereby implying consent. 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 and the activism surrounding it. Since then, wearing jeans on Denim Day has become a symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual assault (from denimdayinfo.org).
Register for Marquette Denim Day online.
You can also get involved by tagging your social media posts with #MarquetteDenimDay to join the national conversation on this important topic. A visual display will be in Central Mall from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Information tables will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with program beginning at noon; MUPD Chief Hudson will be the highlighted speaker. Pizza will be provided.
All Marquette Denim Day evens are co-sponsored by the Student Wellness and Prevention Center, the Center for Intercultural Engagement, Sexual Violence Prevention and Education, MUSG, the Office of Residence Life, MUPD, Campus Ministry, the Office of Marketing and Communication, Sodexo, the Center for Peacemaking, the Office of Student Development, Students Against Sexual Violence (SASV), the Women's Innovation Network, Sigma Lambda Gamma, the Counseling Center, and the LGBTQ+ Resource Center.