April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

By Katelyn Bidondo.

SAAM--FLYER-2013The month of April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the goal of SAAM is to educate and raise awareness about sexual violence. This year the NSVRC the National Sexual Violence Resource Center is focusing on healthy sexuality and child sexual abuse prevention. With the help of the NSVRC and the Resource Sharing Center (RSP), SAAM was first nationally observed in April of 2001. Since then many nationwide and worldwide entities have been wearing the color teal in observance and support of SAAM to raise awareness.

 

2013-Demin-Day-USAHere at UMKC, the Violence Prevention and Response Project has several events planned to support the cause as well. Thursday, April 18th we will be holding Take Back the Night. This event includes a march and rally, to unify women, men, and children in an awareness of violence against women, children, and families. Watch for more details! We also hold Denim Day USA on April 24th with a denim decorating party on April 4th. Denim Day USA aids in sexual violence prevention and education while making a social statement with fashion by wearing jeans as a visible means of protest against the misconceptions surrounding sexual assault. Also during the coming weeks, we will be having Sexual Assault Awareness Month information tables throughout campus. For locations, times and more information on UMKC Women’s Center events during April call: (816)-253-1638. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!

Make a Statement with Denim for Denim Day USA

By Joseph Salazar.

2013-Demin-Day-USAComing up on Tuesday, April 4 from 5-7PM, the Violence Prevention and Response Project is sponsoring Make a Statement with Denim. Make a Statement with Denim is co-sponsored by MOSCA. This event is part of Denim Day USA. Make a Statement with Denim will be held at the UMKC Women’s Center in 105 Haag Hall. RSVPs are not necessary for this event.

Come show your support and design jeans to make statement against sexual assault. Jeans will be used in the Denim Day 2013 display, which takes place from Monday, April 15-Wednesday April 24 in the Rockhill Parking Structure Skywalk at 52nd & Rockhill. On Wednesday April 24, join us in wearing jeans as a visible means of protest against the misconceptions surrounding sexual assault. We hope to see you there!

For more information on this or other Women’s Center events, please visit our website. For more information on the Violence Prevention and Response Project, please visit our website. You can like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Donate Denim to Raise Awareness

2013-Demin-Day-DriveComing up in the month of February, the Violence Prevention and Response Project is sponsoring a Denim Drive. The Denim Drive is co-sponsored by MOCSA and the Office of Student Involvement. This event is part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month which officially takes place in April. Drop off denim in the red donation bins at the Women’s Center, 105 Haag Hall, and at the Office of Student Involvement, 320 Student Union.

Donate gently used denim that will become the canvas for artwork for others to witness during the Denim Day display in April. All donated denim will be decorated at our Make a Statement with Denim event on Tuesday, April 4. Jeans will be designed to make a statement against sexual assault, and will be used in the Denim Day 2013 display April 15-24.

 

For more information on this or other Women’s Center and Violence Prevention and Response Project events, please visit our websites. You can also like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

WEAR JEANS AND PREVENT VIOLENCE, DENIM DAY 2012!

by Armelle Djoukoue

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In Italy in 1998, an 18-year old girl was picked up by her married 45-year old driving instructor for her very first lesson. He took her to an isolated road, dragged her out of the car, wrestled her out of her jeans and forcefully raped her. The offender was arrested and prosecuted.  The case made it all the way to the Italian Supreme Court and within a matter of days the case was dismissed. The driving instructor was released in a statement by the Chief Judge, which said “because the victim wore very, very tight jeans, she had to help him remove them, and by removing the jeans it was no longer rape but consensual sex.”  As news of the judge’s decision spread women in Italy and all over the world joined in proteset. In 1999 the state of California established the first Denim Day in the United States. The Denim Day campaign rasies awareness and promotes education about rape and sexual assault. 

To prevent sexual assault, each year the UMKC Women’s Center holds a Denim Day display and encourages students, staff and community members to wear jeans.  Check out our Denim Day display on campus today April 25th, in the quad.  There are NO excuses for sexual violence!  It is time to raise awareness, it is time to let the victims know that they’re not alone and it’s never their fault. So how can you raise Sexual Assault Awareness this April?  Simple, wear your favorite pair of jeans and make a statement!

Check out our event page for Denim Day! https://www.facebook.com/events/271488952914506/

For more information about the UMKC Women’s Center and our upcoming events please visit our website: http://www.umkc.edu/womenc/ or call us at (816) 235-1638