WILLISTON, N.D. - April is Sexual Violence Awareness Month, and to mark this occasion, Williston State College will participate in Denim Day on April 25.
WSC's Student Life Coordinator, Karissa Kjos, is partnering with WSC's Title IX office to help raise awareness on the issue of sexual violence. On Wednesday, April 25th, students, staff and faculty are invited to wear denim clothing, as a form of opposition against incidences of sexual violence.
Conceived in 2001 by the Peace Over Violence initiative, the Denim Day campaign was launched in response to a 1992 Italian court ruling where consent was implied because the victim was wearing tight jeans. The following day, women in the Parliament wore jeans as a show of solidarity with the victim.
WSC's Title IX office actively engages in sexual violence prevention efforts. Amy Armstrong, Deputy Title IX Coordinator, states that since the inception of Denim Day, "wearing denim has become a symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual assault."
WSC's Title IX Office will host an informational table in Stevens Hall on April 25th. Armstrong details the team's plan for the event. "We will distribute 'Not On My Campus' buttons, and collect gently-used denim jeans from students, employees, and community members that will be donated to the Williston Family Crisis Shelter."
This event raises awareness concerning sexual violence and resources available in the community.
For more information on Denim Day and how to get more involved, please visit http://denimdayinfo.org/about/.
For more information on WSC please visit www.willistonstate.edu
call 1.888.863.9455, or stop by 1410 University Avenue, Williston, ND.