KINGSBOROUGH COMMUNITY COLLEGE JOINS DENIM DAY NYC TO RAISE AWARENESS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE
Wear Denim on April 29 to Raise Awareness of Sexual Assault and Sexual Violence
On Wednesday, April 29, Kingsborough and the extended college community will participate in DENIM DAY NYC to raise awareness of sexual assault and sexual violence. I am proud that our college is a registered participant, and I encourage our faculty, staff, and students to join me in showing our solidarity with, and helping to empower survivors of sexual assault and sexual violence by wearing denim next Wednesday.
DENIM DAY NYC@KINGSBOROUGH, jointly organized by the Women’s Center and the Public Safety Department, is in recognition of Sexual Violence Awareness Month. On April 29, Public Safety will also kick off a three-week “DONATE YOUR DENIM” campaign in the Breezeway. The campaign will run from April 29 to May 22. “DONATE YOUR DENIM” bins will also be located inside the Office of Public Safety, L202. Separately, donations for the ongoing Women’s Center Toiletry Drive, which runs through May 28, can be placed in bins outside M382, C123, and A216.
DENIM DAY grew out of a 1998 Italian Supreme Court decision that overturned a rape conviction because the victim wore tight jeans. The judges reasoned the victim’s tight jeans meant that she had to have helped her assailant remove them, implying consent. The following day, the women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim. People all over the world were outraged, and wearing jeans became an international symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes and myths about sexual assault.
In 1999, Peace Over Violence, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit, organized the country’s first DENIM DAY event, which now takes place on a Wednesday in April during Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Since then, DENIM DAY has grown into a global movement; in 2014, more than 10 million people participated in events worldwide. Here are some sobering national facts: 1 in 5 women (18.3%) in the United States have been raped at some time in their lives 1 in 71 men (1.4%) in the United States have been raped at some time in their lives Nearly 1 in 2 women (44.6%) experienced sexual violence victimization other than rape at some point in their lives 1 in 5 men (22.2%) experienced sexual violence victimization other than rape at some point in their lives
I invite you all to join me in this important awareness event next Wednesday, April 29.
Farley Herzek President