HU Denim Day Promotes Sexual Assault Awareness
Hampton University hosted Denim Day April 21 in an effort to raise awareness against the sexual assault of women, girls, boys and men. The event was sponsored by the HU Fighting Violence Against Women Project, spearheaded by the HU Health Center's family nurse practitioner, Darylnet Lyttle.
Denim Day is an internationally recognized campaign during Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April, created to raise public awareness about rape and sexual assault. It began as the result of a Supreme Court case in Italy, where the high court decided to overturn a rape case conviction where the judge declared the victim was partly to blame for wearing tight jeans.
"As part of this awareness effort we want students to be able to identify healthy relationships and stalking," said Lyttle. "The project hopes to accomplish raising awareness of sexual assault among women at a Historically Black College and University (HBCU)."
In this effort, HU partnered with the group Ending Violence Against Women (EVAW): The HBCU Project. EVAW focuses on five forms of violence common to women on college campuses: cyberstalking, dating and domestic violence, harassment, sexual assault and stalking. Clark Atlanta and Howard universities were among the six HBCU's involved across the country.
— Leha Byrd