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UHD to Host Events for Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, and the Division of Student Affairs of the University Houston-Downtown (UHD) is partnering with University departments, centers and programs to raise awareness about sexual violence and to help educate the UHD community on how to prevent it.

Learn more about the history of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month and the movement to end sexual violence with the following activities/events:

Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Event

Useful information and resources will be available from UHD Student Counseling Services, Counseling, UHD Police Department, and Student Affairs. The campus community can support the effort to end sexual violence, raise awareness, and to support survivors. The Center for Student Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion also will be in attendance providing Listening Tables—if you want to talk to someone about these issues.

Event Date: April 24 and 25
Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location: Mural Area, Academic Building 

Denim Day

Members of the University community are invited to wear denim to work and school on Wednesday, April 26 to show support and solidarity for survivors of sexual violence.

History of Denim Day: Twenty-five years ago, in the small town of Muro Lucano, Italy, an 18-year-old woman was sexually assaulted by her 45-year-old driving instructor. He was arrested and jailed for the crime, but upon appeal, the Chief Judge of the Italian Supreme Court argued that “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.” The Italian Parliament protested the decision by wearing jeans to work and the idea spread across Europe and the Atlantic to the United States.  Patricia Giggans, executive director of Peace Over Violence, introduced the idea of “Denim Day” in April 1999, and this expression of solidarity to sexual assault survivors has continued every year since. For more information on Denim day, please visit Denim Day Info.

For more information, or if you have any questions, contact Tommy Thomason, assistant dean of Student Affairs, at 713-221-8056 or visit the UHD Title IX Website.