Kingsborough Faculty, Staff, and Students Take Part in Denim Day NYC to Raise Awareness about Sexual Violence and Sexual Assault

Event kicked off a collection for denim clothing and toiletry items for survivors

Denim Day Group Shot

Kingsborough Community College faculty, staff, and students took part in DENIM DAY NYC, organized by the KCC Women’s Center and the Public Safety Department, to raise awareness of sexual assault and sexual violence. Nearly 100 faculty and staff, as well as students all dressed in denim to show solidarity for survivors of sexual assault and sexual violence.

Additionally, the College Public Safety Department also kicked off a three-week “DONATE YOUR DENIM” campaign, which will run through 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, www.peaceoverviolence.org, 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. Below 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

DENIM DAY NYC is a one-day event usually held on a Wednesday in April, Sexual Violence Awareness Month. At Kingsborough, the event was jointly organized by the Women’s Center and the Public Safety Department. For more information, log on to www.denimdayinfo.org.

About Kingsborough Community College  

Kingsborough Community College serves approximately 14,000 full- and part-time students a year in credit and non-credit bearing courses in liberal arts and career education. As one of the City University of New York’s seven community colleges, Kingsborough provides a high-quality education through associate degree programs that prepare students for transfer to senior colleges or entry into professional careers, and is dedicated to promoting student learning and development as well as strengthening and serving its diverse community.

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Dawn Walker (718) 368-5543 / (917) 588-6305