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HU Denim Day Promotes Sexual Assault Awareness

Denim Day

HU Health Center's family nurse practitioner,
Darylnet Lyttle speaks with WAVY news about
the university's Denim Day
activities and purpose.

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.

Denim Day

Students from the Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc.
Tau Beta Chapter participated in the HU
Denim Day. From left to right they are Simone
Lomax, Lindley Thomas, and Jerri Bracey.

"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