William Woods University will join other colleges and universities throughout Missouri this month to promote and participate in Denim Day. Aiming to educate, promote and empower, Denim Day brings awareness to rape.
In 1998, a 17-year-old Italian girl was raped by her driving teacher and left on the side of the road. She pressed charges and was initially successful, but the decision was overturned.
The Italian Supreme Court declared that the girl’s jeans were so tight that she must have helped remove them and therefore was a willing participant. In protest, female members of the Italian legislature wore jeans to work.
Governor Matt Blunt has declared April 26 as “Denim Day” throughout Missouri and Fulton Mayor Charlie Latham plans to sign a similar proclamation. The departments of health and senior services and textile and apparel management at the University of Missouri-Columbia are co-sponsoring the event in mid-Missouri.
Denim Day falls during National Crime Victims Rights Week. William Woods will host an event from 5:30 to 8 p.m. April 25 in the Burton Business Building called “In Her Shoes.” Mayor Latham plans to deliver his proclamation at 6:15 p.m. ,p>
During the “In Her Shoes” simulation, students will be able to experience the path of domestic violence victims through the choices they make and the agencies that serve them. The event is sponsored by the social work victimology class, Counseling & Health Services and CARDV.
On April 26, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the McNutt Campus Center, Loree Monroe, campus nurse practitioner, will set up tables to distribute information on rape.
Monroe stated, “We want to take a stand against rape. We want to promote the concept that there is never an excuse for rape, and that women are not at fault for what has happened to them.”