Denim Day To Raise Awareness At CMU

Central Methodist University will soon host several days of activities to help raise awareness about rape and sexual assault. 

“Denim Day” will be held on Wednesday, April 26, and includes an open-to-the-public event featuring guest speakers from Angel Band – a group of individuals who use music as therapy to cope with their sexual assault experiences. This will take place at 7 p.m. on the fourth floor of the Inman Student and Community Center on CMU’s Fayette campus.

“We encourage the public to join us for this event on this very important day,” said Shelby Dodson, CMU senior majoring in Criminal Justice and Denim Day coordinator. 

Several days of activities will lead up to Denim Day, with opportunities for CMU students that include a Sunday night movie and a self-defense class, according to Dodson. 

Central’s Alpha Gamma Psi Greek sorority, Student Government Association, Psychology Club, ENACTUS, and Beta Mu Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia are the sponsors of Denim Day.

Denim Day first began in an Italian Supreme Court when a rape conviction was overturned, ruling that the victim’s jeans were too tight, and she would have had to help her rapist remove them. Women of Parliament wore jeans the next day in solidarity with the victim. Denim Day is now recognized all over the world in April, which is Sexual Violence Awareness Month.

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