Title IX Office

HU partners with Hampton VA Medical Center to spread awareness about sexual assault

April 11, 2016

Hampton, Va. - In honor of “ Sexual Assault Awareness Month” Hampton University will host a Denim Day event on April 15 at 12:30 p.m. HU’s Denim Day will bring awareness to sexual assault against women, men, boys and girls.

In conjunction with the Hampton VA Medical Center and the Center for Sexual Assault Survivors, HU faculty, staff and students will wear jeans as a symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual assault. Outside the Hampton University Convocation Center, there will be a short ceremony and members of the Hampton VA Medical Center and the HU communities will say a pledge and then stand in the shape of an awareness ribbon.    

“We are excited about partnering with the Hampton VA Medical Center to participate in Denim Day to spread awareness about sexual assault prevention and education and support victims,” said Kelly Harvey, the University Title IX coordinator.

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 visit http://denimdayusa.org/about/.